Wednesday, January 26, 2011

"This is the proof of seriousness and determination on the Palestinian side."
Dov Weissglass
Chief political advisor to PM Ariel Sharon, on the newly published Palestinian negotiations documents (Ynet: January 24, 2011)

From Jewish Voice for Peace:
The recent release by Al Jazeera and the Guardian of some 16,000 documents related to nearly 20 years of Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations sadly substantiates what Jewish Voice for Peace has said publicly for years- that the U.S. is not the neutral broker it claims to be.

The United States' unconditional support for Israel has helped to perpetuate the occupation by promoting endless negotiations that have enabled Israel to expand settlements while claiming to work towards peace.

Israel's lack of interest in ending the occupation and being a partner to peace is now nakedly revealed in documents which show its reaction to the Palestinian Authority's unprecedented concessions, shocking because they far exceed the requirements of international law. Israel offered an intransigent 'no' to every concession, with the U.S. looking on in approval.

There is a chance, however, for the Obama Administration to differentiate itself from the ineffectual American actions revealed in the leaked documents.

Palestinians and their supporters have put forth a key resolution on the Israel-Palestine conflict that is now before the UN Security Council. Largely echoing stated U.S. policy, the resolution embraces negotiations, endorses the creation of a Palestinian state, and demands an immediate halt to Israeli settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. But even though the resolution echoes U.S. policy, President Obama is under heavy pressure to veto the UN resolution from forces in Washington who want to protect the Israeli occupation.

Jewish Voice for Peace-Urge U.S. Not to Veto Israeli Settlements Resolution

Americans for Peace Now-Stand for Peace. Prevent U.S. Veto of UN settlements resolution

U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation-Obama, We Know How to Help Cut the Deficit--End Military Aid to Israel

American Association for Palestinian Equal Rights-Sign the Petition to Urge Obama to Support UN Action Against Israeli Settlements