U.S. and Palestinians clash over plan for peace with Israel

11 Mai, 2019, 03:19 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Israeli soldiers stand at attention as the siren sounds to mark the start of Memorial Day during the official state ceremony at the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City

The United States' Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt blasted the UN Security Council Thursday for "rehashing exhausted talking points" about Israel and urged them to support the Trump administration's upcoming Mideast peace plan between Israelis and Palestinians.

The speeches by US envoy for worldwide negotiations Jason Greenblatt and top Palestinian diplomat Riad Malki at an informal Security Council meeting Thursday ended up focusing on much broader issues than the chosen topic of Israeli settlements as the "core" issue in obstructing peace. Greenblatt said it was "surprising and unfair" that Indonesia, Kuwait and South Africa organised the council meeting and condemned Israel's behaviour when it "was not even invited to speak at this session".

The Trump administration is expected to roll out the long-awaited plan, possibly as early as next month, but the Palestinians have already rejected it as heavily biased in favor of Israel.

He criticized the council for taking aim at Israel over the expansion of settlements but failing to condemn the Hamas movement and Islamic Jihad for firing rockets into Israel.

The Palestinians pre-emptively rejected any U.S. peace proposal amid concerns it would fall far below their hopes for an independent state in the West Bank, east Jerusalem - which they want as their capital - and Gaza, lands captured by Israel in the 1967 war.

He urged council members to "support the parties to get together and to get behind this opportunity".

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"It is time for a new approach", said Greenblatt, who is working with Senior Advisor Jared Kushner to craft the deal.

"Every decision the USA administration has taken since has simply confirmed its disregard for Palestinian lives, for Palestinian rights" and for the two-state solution, he said.

"We cannot afford not to engage with any peace efforts", Maliki said, adding that nonetheless the United States efforts could not be characterized as, "nor can qualify as, peace efforts, unfortunately".

"This is not a peace plan but rather conditions for surrender and there is no amount of money that can make it acceptable", said Maliki.

Greenblatt and Kushner have been tight-lipped about the peace plan's contents.

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