So what’s the problem with one more UN Resolution…?
“We have made very clear that we do not think the Security Council is the right place to engage on these issues,” Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg told the House of Representatives’ Foreign Affairs Committee.
“We have had some success, at least for the moment, in not having that arise there. And we will continue to employ the tools that we have to make sure that continues to not happen,” said Steinberg.
The resolution condemns Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem — in line with the policy of world powers including the United States, though Washington has opposed the measure.
“The only way that this is going to be resolved is through engagement through the parties, and that is our clear and consistent position,” said Steinberg.
First, Mr Steinberg, whom are you ‘engaging’ with on the Palestinian side of the divide…? Hmmm…?
Palestinian peace negotiation unit disbanded
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has decided to disband the Negotiations Support Unit (NSU) which provided him with technical help during long-running peace talks with Israel, an official said on Monday.
With the PA…? So sorry…
PA “government” resigns
The PA government’s resignation is the latest in a series of political steps taken by the Palestinian Liberation Organisation, PLO, after the Egypt’s revolution and the fall of Hosni Mubarak. Caretaker Prime Minister Salam Fayyad was immediately re-appointed by acting Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas to form a new cabinet. This decision comes two days following the resignation of Chief Palestinian Negotiator Sa’eb Eriqat, and the PA’s announcement to hold long-overdue Presidential and Parliamentary elections by September.
Meanwhile, Israel continues on with their wayward ways…
Jerusalem’s municipal council on Monday approved the construction of 120 new homes in the Jewish settlement neighbourhood of Ramot in annexed Arab east Jerusalem, a councillor told AFP.
“It’s not good news,” Pepe Alalu of the opposition Meretz party said. “They approved 120 housing units in Ramot… there were two permits authorised, one for 56 housing units and another for 64.”
The vote came on the eve of a visit by EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, who has said that east Jerusalem settlement building harms the prospects for relaunching peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.
Head of European mission training PA police acknowledges that in training, everything is done with the approval of State of Israel.
Now, the Arab ‘problem’ isn’t confined to just the Occupied Territories…
Despite impassioned opposition by Meretz and the Arab parties, a law that allows the committee to revoke the salary of any MK who fails to report for questioning when summoned by the police sailed easily through its final readings on the Knesset floor Monday evening.
The bill, sponsored by Yisrael Hasson (Kadima), Yariv Levin (Likud) and co-sponsored by a number of MKs empowers the House committee to vote to deny the salary, pension payment, and any additional payments paid to a current or former MK.
Senator Joe McCarthy and the HUAC would’ve been envious…