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UK calls for US focus on two-state solution
Published Sunday 25/11/2012 (updated) 27/11/2012 09:55
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British Foreign Secretary William Hague pictured with President
Abbas. (MaanImages/file)
LONDON (Reuters) -- British Foreign Secretary William Hague on Sunday urged the United States to take a more active role in seeking a lasting settlement between Israelis and Palestinians, warning of a "final chance" for a two-state solution.

Eight days of fighting between Israel and Palestinians in the Hamas-ruled enclave of Gaza diverted US President Barack Obama's attention to the Middle East as he toured Asia on his first trip abroad after this month's election.

Hague told the BBC it was "time for a huge effort on the Middle East peace process".

"This is what I have been calling for, particularly calling for the United States now after their election to show the necessary leadership on this over the coming months, because they have crucial leverage with Israel and no other country has," Hague said.

"We're coming to the final chance maybe for a two state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict," he added.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton broke off from Obama's tour of Asia to help negotiate a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas to end this month's bout violence.

Recent US efforts to coax the Palestinians and Israelis back into negotiations to agree a long term peace have failed, and talks are set become even more fraught if the Palestinians succeed in securing recognition as an "observer state".

A vote on the diplomatic upgrade could take place later this month at the UN General Assembly, and if successful would implicitly recognize Palestinian statehood. Israel and the United States oppose the move and call for a return to talks.

The last direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority broke down in 2010 over the issue of Jewish settlement building across the occupied West Bank.

Britain has also been pushing the United States, a close ally, to take a bigger role in helping to end the conflict in Syria, with Prime Minister David Cameron calling for greater engagement within hours of Obama's re-election.
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1 ) Wissam / palestine
25/11/2012 22:08
Palestine is not their business. just butt OUT of the Resistance and Palestinian affairs!

2 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
26/11/2012 00:40
" ... because they have crucial leverage with Israel and no other country has," Hague said. ... No ... apparently this is a common misperception. While we always pay attention to the U.S., we are never going to "cave in" or "bend over backwards" to U.S. "leverage," no matter how "crucial" it may be if we believe otherwise (and the U.S. damn well knows this). I repeat from past times too numerous to count: The 2-nation (west-of-the-Jordan-River) solution is completely dead, despite the (cont.)

3 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
26/11/2012 00:45
"pro"nouncements (translation: deceptions and lies) of our government to the contrary. The U.N. Palestinian upgrade, barring any last-ditch, unforeseen barriers, WILL happen. THAT our government cannot deceive or lie about to anyone (except itself).

4 ) Business / Israel
26/11/2012 02:24
I call for a two state solution in England. One state in the south and the other will be an Islamic state with a capital in Birmingham. I want to arm that state with rockets. Sound good? BTW, I think they are watching too many James Bond movies in the UK. They are no longer central to world affairs. Their empire is gone, their elites have destroyed what was the most civilized country in the world, they have brought in a mass of hostile foreigners to displace the true English. Sad.

5 ) Reuters unreliable / Liban/Australia
26/11/2012 09:05
It is said to use Reuters copy verbatim - it is never reliable. The issue is NOT "Jewish settlement building" - the issue is the "exclusive race-based settlement building in land acquired by war against international law and the displacement of existing populations on the base of race".

6 ) Tissa / Sri Lanka
26/11/2012 10:10
Wissam why? Palestine is the business of the whole peace loving world.UK has realised it. Its action is better late than never.

7 ) Rami / Palestine
26/11/2012 10:56
You can't be "impartial" if you are funding the one of the parties to continue its occupation over the other party. No one wants the United States' involvement. Change your policies, then convince us that you REALLY DO stand for peace, justice, freedom, and liberty of ALL people...and then we'll talk to you.

8 ) Nizar / Tanzania
26/11/2012 11:41
Palestine is to be voted in the UN on 29 November. It is important to see how the UK and other European countries will vote. That will demonstrate how free they are from American clutches, not just empty words

9 ) Tibi / Tubas
26/11/2012 20:52
THERE IS NO REASON FOR "THE USA to take a more active role,
in seeking a lasting settlement between Israelis and Palestinians",
UNTIL BOTH Israelis and Palestinians WANT SUCH A SETTLEMENT,
and want it badly enough to make the very tough compromises, that
might allow the other side to accept their terms !!!
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