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PLO officials say expectations low for Obama visit
Published Tuesday 12/02/2013 (updated) 13/02/2013 20:49
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President Abbas pictured with US President Barack Obama.
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RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Palestinian officials said Tuesday that the upcoming visit by US President Barack Obama is unlikely to aid the peace process.

Obama plans to visit the region in spring, a White House official said last week, in his first trip to the region since taking office.

Secretary-General of Palestinian People's Party Bassam al-Salhi told Ma'an that the visit may create the "illusion" of returning to negotiations, but would have no impact on the peace process as Israel has consistently violated its principles, with US complicity.

Fatah Central Committee member Jamal Muhaisen added that negotiations can only take place once Israel fulfills its previous commitments under international law and stops settlement construction on occupied land.

President Obama must put words into action and present concrete solutions for the conflict, President Abbas' communications adviser Sabri Saidam said.

The Palestinian leadership welcomed the news last week that Obama would be visiting the region, but added that there needs to be "real US pressure on Israel rather than meetings," and a new US policy for the conflict.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said Thursday that Obama will not propose any "specific" Middle East peace proposal during his visit, but said the issue would be raised with both Palestinian and Israeli leaders.

US-brokered negotiations collapsed in 2010 over the issue of continued Jewish settlement building in the occupied West Bank.
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1 ) Why should Obama care for / Palestinians?
12/02/2013 16:38
what good will it do to America???
How do the Palestinians help America???


2 ) Mel / USA
12/02/2013 18:06
#1:"Why"?Coz freedom for Palestine is a HUMAN RIGHT!Global consensus is furious that USG's words of 'honor'DON'T match its ILLEGAL deeds!Incl.total support 4 Israel's growing Jewish-only colonization of Palestine,& JERUSALEM!USG bias 4 Zionism must end if USG believes in TRUE FREEDOM! Israel's militarist Occupation & daily USG-funded persecution,subjugation of Arab HUMANS,in a pluralistic Holy Land,is the CORE THREAT to USNatSec.&our Foreign Policy/Relations REGIONALLY!HelpingPalestineHelpsUSA!!

3 ) @ Mel-2 / USA too
12/02/2013 21:22
The world has many international border disputes, where one state took lands or islands from another, but since Palestine neither was nor is a state,
- NO lands or "freedom" were taken from Palestine, and
- NO "HUMAN RIGHTS" were violated either, and particularly relative to the human rights violations of Palestinian terrorists !!!

4 ) Reader / from Edmonton
12/02/2013 22:22
Is this a state visit? Did President Abbas formally invite President Obama? Or is President Obama a visiting tourist? The advice of a tourist doesn't carry the weight of a head of state. Mutual respect between states requires observing the protocols.

5 ) Reader / from Edmonton
12/02/2013 23:09
What does recognizing the State of Palestine do for America? If nothing else, it does reaffirm belief in truth, justice, and the American Way. That's something America needs right now.

6 ) Elise / USA
13/02/2013 03:14
The US has double standards.

7 ) Nizar / Tanzania
13/02/2013 09:30
#3 No land was taken??? Really?? What did Balfour promise to the Jews? Not land of Palestine? What was UN partition plan about? Not land of Palestine? In both cases was Palestine produced from the hat? Give me a break

8 ) shirleyS / Australia
13/02/2013 22:26
@3 thw world may have some border disputes but the issue of Palestines new borders were resolved on 29th nov 2012 when the STATE OF PALESTINE WAS CREATED the NEW STATE OF ISREALS BORDERS WERE CREATED 1948 which includes gallillee which was not part of old ISREALand US does not want a PAL STATE for its own agenda US does not want to to be held accountable for illegal IRAQ war and war crimes just like H Clinton called for illegal extra judicial killing of GADDAFHI

9 ) Outlier / USA
15/02/2013 01:56
So long as the Palestinians and the Israelis aren't suggesting concrete, reality-based peace proposals, to be followed by face-to-face talks without preconditions, there is no reason for Obama to expend political capital on the peace process. It starts in the region, and both parties deserve blame for this situation.

10 ) Reader / from Edmonton
15/02/2013 18:50
Israel has declared borders: Palestine has declared borders. Bilateral negotiations will determine where the common border will be. But first Israel will have to do what Palestine already has, Israel will have to recognize the existence of the State of Palestine. America's voice might influence Israel on that account should America join its voice to those 138 others who already do.
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