Off the path to peace

17 September, 2018, 19:07 | Author: Myra Gill
  • Abbas Adviser: Trump Has ‘Poisoned Palestinian-American Relations’

The funding reductions come as the Trump administration prepares to unveil a controversial Mideast peace plan dubbed the "Deal of the Century", details of which have yet to be publicized. Also in picture is Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres (L).

Fresh off of multiple major aid cuts to the Palestinians, efforts to get the vast majority of Palestinians stripped of refugee status, and the U.S. office of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) closed, there are concerns of a backlash, with Palestinians saying that they are considering cutting all remaining ties with the US.

As if to drive home the flaws inherent in Oslo's original Declaration of Principles, 25 years later it's the very issues that were postponed for later resolution that now dominate the headlines once again.

"Peace will only come through a two-state solution, including [eastern] Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Palestine, in accordance with legitimate global resolutions and Arab League summit decisions", Nabil Abu Rudeinah said in comments published on the official P.A. news outlet Wafa.

Now 73, Abed Rabbo concedes his side made mistakes.

"It is not a peace process in the first place".

The Trump administration has confirmed it will no longer fund peace-building programs for Palestinians and Israelis - including an interfaith youth program and a project for children with disabilities.

"We should not mourn a ghost", Abed Rabbo said.

However, the statement said, the United States would look for other ways to aid the Palestinians.

But Yossi Beilin, one of the Israeli negotiators in the Oslo talks, said the parameters of a final agreement are well-known.

Some Palestinian people believe that it's unfair, and diminishes Palestinian rights, settlements have expanded and the borders have no Palestinian authority.


"Trump is not a game-changer - he is a spoiler ... but he will not be there forever", Beilin said. "If we don't make a deal, we're not paying".

The USAID said in a statement on Friday that it is "currently unable to engage Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza as a result of the administration's recent decision on Palestinian assistance".

Going on for decades now, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict erupted following the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories and the Western-backed creation of Israel in 1948.

At the end of 2017, the United Nations said there were 611,000 Israelis living in 250 settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, both of which were captured by Israel in the 1967 Middle East war.

Peace talks between the two sides have been frozen since 2014 due to Israel's settlement expansion policy, which is met by regional and worldwide rejection.

Israeli-Palestinian peace talks collapsed in 2014. There had been a string of speculations about what exactly constitutes Trump's "ultimate deal".

For his part, Netanyahu has said that any future Palestinian state must be demilitarized and must recognize Israel as the state of the Jewish people - conditions that Palestinians say show he is not honest about peacemaking.

On Friday, Kushner told The New York Times that US President Donald Trump had actually improved the chances for peace by stripping away "false realities" that surround Middle East peacemaking.

The US has been penalizing the Palestinian people after their leadership cut off contact with the Trump administration after the new incumbent in the White House recognized the occupied Jerusalem as Israel's capital in December. It withdrew its troops and settlers from Gaza, which is ruled by the Islamist Hamas movement.

"They won", she said.

Recommended:

  • White House, Grassley Back Kavanaugh After Accuser Goes Public

    The statement also referenced the letter signed by 65 women who knew Kavanaugh in high school attesting to his character. On Sunday, The Washington Post published an interview with Ford, who after months of soul-searching chose to go public.
    Severe flooding after Hurricane Florence makes landfall

    Severe flooding after Hurricane Florence makes landfall

    While the amount is unofficial, it would shatter the old record of 24 inches - set near Wilmington during Hurricane Floyd in 1999. In Wilmington , near where the eye of the storm touched down, trees and power lines were felled and many windows broken.
    Brett Kavanaugh: accuser of Trump's Supreme Court pick goes public

    Brett Kavanaugh: accuser of Trump's Supreme Court pick goes public

    Even after Feinstein sent the allegation to the FBI, Senate Democrats weren't littering the news with calls to denounce Kavanaugh. Ford contends that Kavanaugh and a friend , both of whom she described as "stumbling drunk", corralled her into a bedroom.
  • Delta II ICESat-2 Launch Highlights

    Delta II ICESat-2 Launch Highlights

    ICESat-2 boasts a fearsome pair of lasers (the second is a backup), which will fire at a rate of 10,000 times per second. Every 91 days - 1,387 orbits - ICESat-2 will return to its starting point and begin repeating its initial observations.
    ‘Worst is yet to come’ as Florence continues to flood Carolinas

    ‘Worst is yet to come’ as Florence continues to flood Carolinas

    Around 50 stranded people were airlifted by helicopter in North Carolina, said Petty Officer Michael Himes of the US Coast Guard. The perils stretched across North Carolina's more than 800-kilometres width.

    Australia Warns Consumer to Cut Strawberries After Needles Found Inside Some Samples

    It was found in a punnet of Mal's Black Label strawberries - which is based in Gingin, 70km north of Perth . Young advised residents that all strawberries, regardless of brand, should be cut before they're eaten.
  • Bills Vontae Davis retires at halftime against the Chargers

    Bills Vontae Davis retires at halftime against the Chargers

    McCoy was shaken up late in the third quarter when he was tackled from behind and had Buffalo center Ryan Groy fall down on him. The Chargers gained 284 yards in the first half, the most the Bills have allowed before halftime since 2013.
    Karnataka government cuts Petrol, Diesel prices by Rs 2/litre

    Karnataka government cuts Petrol, Diesel prices by Rs 2/litre

    According to petrol pump owners, fuel prices vary depending on the transportation cost from the petroleum refinery to the city. Earlier, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh had cut petrol and diesel prices by Rs 2.5 and Rs 2 per litre respectively.
    UK, EU Leave Interest Rates Unchanged

    UK, EU Leave Interest Rates Unchanged

    Yet how likely is the worst-case scenario? It also modelled the impact of a rise in interest rates to 4 per cent. This included a 33 per cent decline in house prices, relative to otherwise, over three years.
  • Springboks beat All Blacks at home

    Springboks beat All Blacks at home

    It will probably win them the World Cup. "Credit to the coaching staff - they have kept calm and haven't put pressure on us". The Springboks crossed twice more and stood firm under their own posts as New Zealand pushed for the winning try .
    GOP Demands Feinstein Release Letter After Kavanaugh Accuser Identifies Herself

    GOP Demands Feinstein Release Letter After Kavanaugh Accuser Identifies Herself

    Ford contends that Kavanaugh and a friend , both of whom she described as "stumbling drunk", corralled her into a bedroom. The Judiciary Committee has completed its hearings on Kavanaugh and plans to vote on Thursday on his nomination.
    WWE Hell in a Cell lineup: Eight matches advertised for tonight's event

    WWE Hell in a Cell lineup: Eight matches advertised for tonight's event

    Where is WWE Hell in a Cell 2018 taking place? Randy Orton will take on Jeff Hardy inside the structure as well. Hell in a Cell started as a Pay-Per-View in 2009 where it was promoted as the most unique setup for wrestling.


Popular

Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool could struggle to contain Neymar
He is much better. "Players are going for him and he wants to protect himself", Klopp told a news conference on Monday. Klopp added: "He got rested at the weekend so he'll be 100 per cent fresh for us".

7 killed as hurricane Florence pummels Carolinas
In New Bern, population 29,000, flooding on the Neuse River left 500 people in peril. "We just know we're getting out of here". Florence's 30 inches of rainfall has broken the statewide rainfall record set by Hurricane Floyd in 1999 of 24.06 inches.

North Carolina city of Wilmington cut off by Florence floodwaters
The National Hurricane Center said Sunday Florence was moving at 8 miles per hour with sustained winds of 35 miles per hour . Florence also now stands as the sixth-highest tropical cyclone rainfall total across the US for records dating back to 1950.

Iran to Store Its Oil in Fleet of Supertankers
While OPEC production has increased since then, Saudi Arabia has added less crude than it initially indicated. The sanctions would include targeting Iran's automotive sector, trade in gold, and other key metals.

First Look at Joaquin Phoenix as The Joker Revealed
Warner Bros has set October 4, 2019, for its Joker origins movie starring Joaquin Phoenix . De Niro has been cast in the Joker movie, reportedly as a talk show host.

Torres overcomes shaky start to share Evian lead
The South Korean's two career LPGA wins are more than the other three combined, though Martin won the 2014 Women's British Open. The world No. 21 birdied her final two holes for a first-round 65 at a course where she feels "at home".

Hurricane Florence looks absolutely wild from the International Space Station
Meanwhile, many were experiencing a complete blackout as the storm damaged infrastructure, utility poles and transmission lines. Governor Cooper said there have been "several hundred" rescue operations and "there are still some people they need to get to".

Vikings vs. Packers: My stupid prediction
According to referee Tony Corrente, the flag was thrown because Matthews "lifted him and drove him into the ground". That was negated by the roughing call, despite Matthews avoiding putting all of his weight on the quarterback.

Fournette questionable for game against Patriots
Manning said the Jaguars dictated some of his throws to Beckham because they play a safety in a center field position a lot. In the season opener against the Jaguars, he posted 106 rushing yards on carries with a touchdown in his debut.

John Kerry blasts Pres. Trump's withdrawal from Paris climate pact
His administration is also seeking to boost methane emissions and roll back California's strict vehicle emissions standards. The summit came with 2018 on pace to be the fourth hottest year on record globally.