Worthless PA Cease Settlements Draft Security Council Resolution
by Stephen Lendman
September 1993 Oslo was unilateral surrender, a Palestinian Versailles, getting nothing for renouncing armed struggle, recognizing Israel's right to exist, and agreeing to leave major unresolved issues for later final status talks. They're still waiting.
Major unresolved issues include an independent sovereign Palestine free from occupation, the right of return, settlements, borders, airspace, water and other resources rights, as well as East Jerusalem as Palestinian territory and future capital.
A new PA was established as Israel's enforcer. It continues betraying its own people. Abbas and his cronies collaborate with Israel for generous benefits they receive, including ignoring their massive corruption.
During his April 21- 23 UN headquarters visit, he's expected to introduce a worthless Security Council, denouncing Israeli settlements as illegal under international law - similar to a 2011 one Washington vetoed.
It calls for renewed peace talks, resolution to be achieved within one year, despite decades of futility because Palestinians have no legitimate partner.
It states "all Israeli settlement activities in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, are illegal and constitute a major obstacle to the achievement of peace on the basis of the two-state solution."
It condemns "all measures aimed at altering the demographic composition, character and status of the Territory, including, inter alia, construction and expansion of settlements, confiscation of land, demolition of homes and the forced transfer of Palestinian civilians."
It calls on both sides to "refrain from provocative actions, incitement and inflammatory rhetoric, with the aim, inter alia, of the de-escalating the situation on the ground, rebuilding trust and confidence, demonstrating through policies and actions a genuine commitment to the two-state solution, and creating the conditions necessary for promoting peace."
It denounces terrorism on both sides, calls for the "prevention of all acts of terror, violence, destruction, harassment and provocation by Israeli settlers, especially against Palestinian civilians and their properties, and calls for accountability for the perpetration of all such illegal acts."
Since Israel occupied the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza in June 1967, peace talks when initiated were dead-on-arrival.
Israel doesn't negotiate. It demands. It's all take and no give. It wants all valued Judea and Samaria land exclusively for Jews - with full support from Washington and EU countries.
Palestinian calls for peace, self-determination, and other fundamental rights they've been denied since Israel was created and under occupation for nearly half a century have no chance for changing the deplorable status quo.
Since 2000, Washington vetoed Security Council resolutions 11 times, 10 supporting Israel, preventing justifiable criticism from becoming binding law.
Expect nothing upholding fundamental Palestinian rights this time.
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