The Middle East diplomatic quartet on Monday called on Israelis and Palestinians to step up talks to end their conflict and establish a Palestinian state alongside a secure Israel.And it is not just the Quartet that will be applying the pressure, as David Bedein wrote yesterday: 'Bush Legacy': Getting The UN To Force A Binding Independent Palestinian State On Israel:
A quartet statement said the US-brokered bilateral process launched a year ago in Annapolis, Maryland "is irreversible and these negotiations should be intensified in order to put an end to the conflict and to establish as soon as possible the state of Israel, living side by side in peace and security with Israel." [emphasis added]
Tomorrow [December 16], the U.N. Security Council, is due to pass a historic resolution that will anchor establishing a Palestinian state in the principles established at the Nov. 2007 Annapolis conference last month’s Sharm el-Sheikh summit.What else could Israel expect?
This will bind the U.N. to compel any future Israeli prime minister to recognize an independent, sovereign Palestinian state.
The policy would also be applied to Likud leader Binyamin Netanyahu, an opponent of establishing a Palestinian state, if he should win the coming elections and become prime minister again.
Mr. Netanyahu’s spokesman told The Bulletin, Mr. Netanyahu vehemently opposes anything except “economic peace” with the Palestinians.
When it openned itself up to be treated like a colony, Europe obliged.
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