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Obama Urges Abbas to Accept Framework For More Talks

Obama Urges Abbas to Accept Framework For More Talksi
Zlatica Hoke
March 18, 2014 8:25 PM
U.S. President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry held extensive talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Washington Monday. The closed-door meeting at the White House was aimed at securing a framework accord between the Israelis and Palestinians that will extend negotiations beyond the current April 29 deadline. Zlatica Hoke reports
Zlatica Hoke
President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry held extensive talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Washington Monday. The closed-door meeting at the White House was aimed at securing a framework accord between the Israelis and Palestinians that will extend negotiations beyond the current April 29 deadline.
The talks that began in July are focused on creating an independent Palestinian state and ending decades of conflict. At the beginning of the talks Monday, President Obama acknowledged that a peace deal remains elusive.
"It's very hard, it's very challenging, we are going to have to take some tough political decisions and risks if we are able to move it forward. My hope is that we can continue to see progress in the coming days and weeks," said Obama.
Israel's latest demand that the Palestinians should recognize it as a Jewish state is a new obstacle in the talks. President Abbas has said the Palestinians have recognized the state of Israel already but will not recognize it as a Jewish state. 
"I would also like to affirm what you have said that we are working for a solution that is based on international legitimacy and also the 1967 borders so that the Palestinians can have their own independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital, and so that we can find a fair and lasting solution to the refugee problem," said Abbas.
Israeli construction of new settlements on territories that Palestinians want for their state, including parts of Jerusalem, is seen as the main obstacle to a deal.  Israel is blaming the Palestinians for deadly attacks on its people and property. 
While Washington pushed Abbas Monday to accept compromises, Palestinians in several West Bank cities rallied to demand that he resist the pressure.
"We stand today unified, thousands from the city of Hebron, to say to President Mahmoud Abbas, that we are with you to reject all the pressures, we are with you to insist on Palestinians principles on the Palestinian unified position, and for a cause that tens of thousands have died and got injured for," said Odeh Rajabi, a demonstrator in Hebron.
"The Palestinian president left Palestine saying that he is going and will not give in, will not give up on Jerusalem. And we came here today to say that we will not surrender or concede, and we will not accept extending the negotiations," said Sawsan Shaheen, a demonstrator in Ramallah.
Jim Walsh, an analyst at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said that neither side can afford to let the United States walk away from the talks. 
"If there is no negotiation, what is the alternative? For the Palestinians, that means boycotts and pressure from the U.N., and that's a very difficult road.  And for the Israelis, the alternative is not very good either at a time when the region is in turmoil," said Walsh. 
Walsh told Alhurra television that this round of talks is likely to produce an extension of the April 29 deadline, which he said is better than no prospects of talks at all.

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by: Bryn Gilkey from: DC
March 18, 2014 9:29 AM
"Jim Walsh, an analyst at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said that neither side can afford to let the United States walk away from the talks."

The more important player here is PA. These talks end without being renewed and PA goes to the UN and applies to organizations. After they are accepted the US has to stop funding these orgs, a big loss for US. So, it's not really the US that is indispensable at this moment.

by: ariely shein from: jerusalem
March 18, 2014 3:02 AM
James Adams said:
"No wise man tries every day what he has proved wrong the day before"

World politicians,including USA,misunderstand why the Arabs,Islamists oppose to
recognize Israel as the Jewish state.You miss the opportunity to help those in the Arab,Islamsit world willing to live in peace with the world.
No-you don’t understand the Arabs,Islamists narratives.
No-your solutions to the Palestinian Israel conflict do not bring peace not worldwide ( from Phillipins to Paris,from China to USA) for non Islamic cultures and not Israel.

Yes-if you would understand the Arabs, Islamists narratives you will get:
-What you call peace they call temporary truce with infidels to be broken when
they will accumulate more power
- Your policy is a sign of weakness,encouragement for more demands and
aggression in their worldwide domination endless war.
Before making policy know the basics:

1:To legitimize their hold on power,Islamist theocrats and pan Arabic's dictatorships need antagonists.
They blame the west for all their structural problems and Israel the land of the Jews.

2: Their goal is world dominated by Islam because of the "truth of Islam” needs to be proven true in the real world.
The prove begins with the destruction of Israel.

3: Al Jazeera- quote:
"If we say that we want to wipe Israel out its too difficult.
It’s not acceptable policy to say so.
Don’t say these things to the world. Keep it to yourself.
Everybody knows that the greater goal cannot be accomplished in one go."

4: Peace and quiet for Christians and Jews is possible only under Islam wings"

"The Day of Judgment will not come about until Muslims fight the Jews (killing the Jews)"

World politicians you have the key the help changing the above paradigms>

1:By demanding the Arab and Islamist world to recognize Israel as the Jewish state you will help those who want to break the violent cycle and open the gate for fundamental changes in the Arab and Islamsit societies.

The changes that will depart from the 7 century values and bring 21 century values of peace and quiet to large parts of the world in ME,Europe,Africa,Asia and America.

2: World politicians.
With the money contributed by you yo the Palestinians 2 countries could be build from scratch- and the outcome is :
-conflict continuation-hate teaching preaching- invest in arms
-and not building a economy and a healthy government for their people.
Help funds used only for promoting peace and not promoting conflict forever

3:Without conflict continuations and blackmailing the world by terror the Palestinian
don’t have any positive contribution.
They will not meet world leaders, attend international conferences, be the
hero's of modern anti-Semitics, get media interviews and get international funds for their expensive life.
Why should they give away all the benefits and start the boring work for their
people welfare?

They are not altruists!

by: Anthony Bellchambers from: London
March 18, 2014 2:58 AM
Netanyahu to slap both Kerry and Obama in the face yet no sanctions against Israel

With one foot in the US Congress in Washington and the other in London and Brussels, Netanyahu continues to further his geo-strategic ambitions by aborting the Middle East peace talks prior to President Obama's April deadline.

Netanyahu is determined to continue with his dangerous escalation of settlement activity in pursuance of his 'Greater Israel project' that is illegal under international law and can only be termed state-sponsored, criminal behaviour. And that means slapping both Kerry and Obama in the face.

The Likud leader is also determined to hold on to Jerusalem as an exclusive Israeli asset in violation of UN Resolution 181 that determined its status as an international city.

Which is now the greatest threat to world peace: Russia, Ukraine, Syria, North Korea or Israel backed by its lobbies in Washington and London - and with up to 400 undeclared nuclear warheads plus its German-supplied, Dolphin-class submarines patrolling the Mediterranean armed with cruise missiles?

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