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Ending settlements key to peace, PLO official says
Published Monday 28/01/2013 (updated) 30/01/2013 15:24
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A Bedouin encampment of the Jahalin tribe is seen in front of the
Jewish settlement of Maale Adumim, near Jerusalem December 3,
2012.(Reuters/Ammar Awad)
JERICHO (Ma'an) -- Ending Israeli settlement expansion is the key to peace between Palestinians and Israelis, PLO official Saeb Erekat said Monday.

The Palestinian negotiator said the requirements for peace will remain the same regardless of which political parties become part of the next Israeli coalition government.

Erekat made the comments during two separate meetings with Middle East Quartet envoy Tony Blair and the French consul.

International law should define the objectives of the peace process, Erekat said, outlining that Israel must withdraw forces to 1967 borders, end settlement activity, and release Palestinian political prisoners.

Peace negotiations have been frozen since 2010 after Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu refused to extend a temporary freeze on illegal settlement building.

Britain said last week that prospects for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict were almost dead because of expanding Jewish settlement in occupied territory, and warned Israel it was losing international support.
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1 ) The Key / Is Talking
28/01/2013 17:28
"The key to peace between Palestinians and Israelis" is:
1- for the two sides to restart talking to each other,
2- until talks become serious negtiations, and
3- until negtiations become compromises, and
4- until compromises a permanent ends the Arab-Israeli conflict, with
-a- a PEACE & SECURITY agreement FOR ISRAEL, AND
-b- a REAL STAEHOOD agreement FOR PALESTINE !!!!!

2 ) Mel / USA
28/01/2013 21:04
Wo! Mr Erekat! Don't be SO minimalist,when 78% still belongs to PALESTINE!You have nothing to compromise on,after Israel has albeit taken everything belonging to Palestine.The 67yr old"key"to mutual,equitable peace,which adheres to,&honors,international laws & GLOBAL(UNGA)CONSENSUS,is more than Jewish-only/Zionist-terrorist colonies aka"settlements"!
It's UNResol 242:Withdraw the military Occupation,East Jerusalem,ROR,Israel declares its borders & Arab WATER/GAS resource RIGHTS! That's the LAW

3 ) gabi / australia
29/01/2013 01:28
#1 you talk about compromise and negotiation, but (as someone cleverer than I) once said it's like telling someone to negotiate about a pie when the other person has already eaten his half, and is eating a hell of a lot of your half. Or something like that. But you get the picture. THERE IS NOTHING LEFT FOR THE PALESTINIANS TO COMPROMISE OR NEGOTIATE WITH.

4 ) Outlier / USA
29/01/2013 18:35
I say again - Palestinian preconditions for negotiations favor Israel, which will continue to build and fence until the Palestinians have nothing to negotiate. A Palestinian state is coming, but whether it is negotiated or imposed is entirely up to the Palestinians.

5 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
29/01/2013 18:56
@ 1), Again, thank you for your support but, no, saying the key to peace as stated collectively in all your points is really NOT the key to peace, esp. the last point (4-b) because we will only recognize (now and forever) Jordan/Palestine as THE Palestinian nation (not the State of Palestine, which is what you mean), which already makes up (Grandpa Mel: Pay attention here ...) approx. 70% of all historic Palestinian territory. Separately, our settlement-building will continue full-blast(cont.)

6 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
29/01/2013 18:58
this year and well into the future. The other "keys" to peace--withdrawing to the borders of 46 years ago and releasing all Palestinian prisoners no matter what--are all dead as far as we're concerned. Right now, we are (on a de facto basis) annexing the State of Palestine. When officially done (by formal proclamation or by virtue of the permanent spread of our settlements), then it probably would be good to negotiate with Jordan/Palestine for it to absorb the release of all Pal prisoners.

7 ) Mel / USA
29/01/2013 19:31
The"key"is replacing extremist-Zionist(al-Qaida of Judaism)POWER in Israel,with SANITY! Zionism feeds on US-GIVEN POWER&uses brutal Jabotinsky-Absolutism & Israel will IMPLODE if Israeli's/US Jews don't replace Jabotinsky with Wolf & tolerant,sane JUDAISM,as in Israel's Dec.of Independ.Radical Zionism will destroy the Holy Land,taking Israel DOWN with it!Ergo it's a greater ENEMY of Judaism,than Palestine!Wake up Israeli's!!
http://www.democracynow.org/2013/1/29/the_gatekeepers_in_new_film_ex

8 ) gabi / australia
30/01/2013 01:11
Yehuda - "historic Palestine" was historic only in the sense that when Irgun started to capture land that wasn't theirs, they showed a poster of the map of "historic Palestine" ie Palestine and Transjordan together, with a BIG GUN covering the whole of that territory. (Do you need the picture or reference for that?) On the one hand you people say there never was a Palestine, then you talk about "historic Palestine", and neither statement is born out by history. Weird thinking!

9 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
30/01/2013 17:41
@ 8), No, historic Palestine--all through the centuries of Ottoman Empire right up to the League of Nations British Mandate over Palestine--existed on both sides of the Jordan River. When the Ottoman Empire was defeated in World War I (1918) the whole Palestinian territory then passed into British control over the next few years, culminating in the League's conferring of formal Mandate administration in 1922-23. Soon thereafter, Great Britain then separated the EASTERN side, gave it (cont.)

10 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
30/01/2013 17:55
general autonomy (but not full independence) and called it Transjordan. Great Britain then applied the name Palestine to the remaining, WESTERN side only. In 1946, Great Britain ended all formal Mandate administration to Transjordan and granted it full independence. It now became Jordan (what I refer to as Jordan/Palestine). Great Britain's Mandatory administration on the western side ended in 1948. Forget about saying Palestinian historicity was based on the Irgun's actions of land (cont.)

11 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
30/01/2013 18:13
capturing (total crap). Now, if the Irgun (or anyone) DID show a poster map at that time illustrating historic Palestine existing on both sides of the Jordan River, yes, that (by itself) would be correct. (You want to post the link for the picture or reference for that ??? ... fine, please do.) We NEVER say or said there wasn't a historic Palestine. We acknowledge there WAS. You're referring to our government's past statements in the aftermath of 1967 when it said no formal (cont.)

12 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
30/01/2013 18:31
Palestinian nation existed for centuries under Ottoman Empire rule or through the British Mandatory period. This is true but it does NOT nullify history's accurate proof of the historic Palestinian people's existence and their land(s) where they lived during these times ... and, equally since then, with ALL that has happened since (and even before then, since May, 1948 or even the year before that regarding the U.N. Partition Plan) does it nullify our claim to OUR land.

13 ) gabi / australia
31/01/2013 06:29
Yehuda Solomon - The Palestinians lived in Palestine - whatever borders you talk about, but the fact is that there were Palestinians living in Palestine. In large numbers. It was not "an empty land." And those Palestinians who haven't been run out of town already, want to remain living where they have lived for centuries. Fair enough?
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