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Ashrawi: Quartet must hold Israel to account
Published Tuesday 10/01/2012 (updated) 11/01/2012 18:05
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PLO official Hanan Ashrawi attends a session of the Palestinian Legislative Council
in Ramallah. (MaanImages/Mushir Abdelrahman, File)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Quartet of international peace mediators is thwarting the possibility of a Palestinian state by failing to hold Israel accountable, PLO official Hanan Ashrawi said Tuesday.

Ashrawi met Tony Blair in Ramallah and told the Quartet representative that the peace envoys must learn from past mistakes and change course, a PLO statement said.

"If it wants to achieve any results, the Quartet must hold Israel accountable, demand that it cease and desist all settlement activities and support our peaceful diplomatic efforts to achieve a viable, independent Palestinian state on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital."

The Quartet of Middle East peace mediators -- the European Union, Russia, the United Nations and the United States -- has overseen two rounds of unofficial closed-door talks between Israeli and Palestinian envoys in Amman in January.

But the PLO will not return to full negotiations until Israel stops all illegal settlement building and commits to 1967 borders, Ashrawi said.

"With the great disproportionateness in power between Palestine and Israel, Palestinians are still asked to negotiate with the occupying power to get permission from Israel to achieve freedom."

She added: "Unless Israel refrains from all illegal settlement activities and commits to 1967 borders, the Palestinian people will not return to negotiations."

The last face-to-face negotiations collapsed within weeks in September 2010 when Israel refused to extend a partial freeze on illegal settlement building.

The PLO says Israel's expansion of Jewish-only settlements on occupied Palestinian land threatens the viability of the Palestinian state it would be negotiating for.

The Israeli organization Peace Now said Tuesday that the Israeli government broke all its settlement-building records in 2011.
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1 ) Tibi / Tubas
10/01/2012 20:45
The Quartet probably realizes that a peace deal is very unlikely EVER,
since Israel already gave incentives to Palestinians (a 10 month freeze),
and it also remembers that Palestinians gave nothing to Israel in return !!!

And, if the Quartet is going to mediate, it should NOT be BIASED, so:
- if they ask for incentives, from Israel to Palestinians, then
- they should also ask for incentives, from Palestinians to Israel also !!!


2 ) Saladin / Croatia
10/01/2012 23:08
What a joke.........The PA who also called them self PLO,who are Pal.traitors and are totaly owned by zionist genocide entity and dont give a damm about Pal.people are asking from quartet who also wants like zios to see destruction of Palestinians they must call zios to account?......Lol....what a mockery of Palestinian rights and dignity

3 ) EE / UK
11/01/2012 01:14
With all due respect or without one - this politician does not know what she is talking about. Quartet never promised palestinians state in 1967 borders with Jerusalem as its capital. Just contrary, in UNGA resolution 194 Jerusalem was declared an international city ruled by UN. Similarly, 1967 borders - are actually 1949 borders were in effect for 20 years between 1948 and 1967, but palestinians did not bother to establish a state then. It is a little too late to ask for those borders now.

4 ) Business / Israel
11/01/2012 02:03
Perhaps someone should hold croatia into account. Allied with the nazis, massacres the serbs. One day we shall hold them to account. And no one will even remember what the "quartet" was in 10 years.

5 ) Saladin / Croatia
11/01/2012 14:36
Man...you are way off.This is not a site and topic about croatia.Maybe you dont know to read so let me help you.The topic is:Ashrawi: Quartet must hold Israel to account.And yeah croatia is fasist country,was,still is..nothing to do with my way of life...your point?You poor guy,you dont realy know what fasism is right?Fasism was created long time before the nazis,it was just called diferently...and currently your genocide entity which you called israel is the biggest fasist in the world.....

6 ) Saladin / Croatia
11/01/2012 14:40
And we did not massacred the serbs,they massacred us and the bosnians.Educate yourself a bit.But wait,what am i saying.....you and your israelis have diferent kind of history books and leasons...you are living in a delusion....or maybe we can call it paparel univers?................

7 ) Deborah / USA
13/01/2012 07:44
I agree that no one will remember the Quartet in 10 years. And by then the P.A. will no longer exist as a gendarme and a new leadership will likely emerge that will demand equality rather than independence. The long road to the one state solution has already begun thanks to Israeli's overextension and unwillingness to stop its colonial project at any geographic boundary.
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