Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday told Fatah party officials that 2017 would be “the year of the independent Palestinian state.”
At a torch-lighting ceremony marking the 52nd anniversary of Fatah’s founding, Abbas hailed the recent UN anti-settlement resolution as a diplomatic victory.
“The settlements are illegal, and in recent days, we were given an unprecedented decision regarding this issue,” he told members of his party at the ceremony, held at the grave of former PLO leader Yasser Arafat in Ramallah, Channel 10 news reported.
The PA president said the Palestinians would not tolerate Israeli efforts to fool the international community, Israel Radio reported, and said that the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was building “colonies” in the West Bank and was seeking to perpetuate Israeli rule there, and racist discrimination against the Palestinians.
Nonetheless, the Palestinians were ready to work with the incoming Donald Trump presidency to achieve peace via a two-state solution based on the relevant UN decisions and the Arab Peace Initiative, the radio report said. “We want to emphasize our willingness to work with the newly-elected American administration… to achieve peace… based on a two-state solution,” he said.
Netanyahu has insisted he seeks a two-state accord with Abbas, and is ready to negotiate without preconditions. He has blamed Abbas for the failure of past peace efforts, and insists that the Palestinians must ultimately recognize Israel as a Jewish state — a requirement endorsed by Secretary of State John Kerry in his valedictory address on Wednesday and immediately rejected by the Palestinian Authority.
The Palestinians are setting their sights on a Mideast peace conference in France next month in a bid to rally support as they prepare for the uncertainty of the Trump administration.
The Palestinians are hopeful that a strong international endorsement in Paris will insulate them from what they fear will be a close alliance between President-elect Donald Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu.
With their hopes for gaining independence in a deep freeze, the Palestinians had a rare week of optimism. First, the US allowed the UN Security Council to adopt Resolution 2334, which declared Israeli settlements illegal. Then, Kerry delivered a farewell speech that harshly criticized Israeli settlements, saying Israel’s continued construction was imperiling hopes for a peace agreement and endangering the country’s democracy.
Palestinian officials say they are now counting on the French-hosted Mideast peace conference to build on the momentum and set clear terms of reference for any future negotiations with Israel. Some 70 nations are expected to attend, although Israel and the Palestinians will not be participating.
The Palestinians seek the West Bank and East Jerusalem, territories captured by Israel in the 1967 Six Day War, for an independent state. They say that Israeli settlements in these areas (including Jewish neighborhoods in East Jerusalem), now home to about 600,000 Israelis, are threatening their hopes for independence by taking in lands where they hope to establish their state.
The latest UN resolution, along with Kerry’s speech, essentially endorsed the Palestinian position by calling for the pre-1967 lines to serve as the reference point for a final border.
Netanyahu, who opposes a return to the 1967 lines, has condemned the moves as “skewed” and “shameful.” He says all disputes must be settled through direct negotiations without any preconditions, and that any international pressure undermines the negotiating process.
Minister of Regional Cooperation Tzachi Hanegbi, a close ally of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, rejected suggestions that Israel may unilaterally annex the West Bank Saturday, saying such a course of action would be “a disaster” for the country.
Jewish Home party leader Naftali Bennett has frequently called to annex the 60% of the West Bank, Area C, where Israel maintains security and civilian control and where most settlements are located. On Thursday he asserted that government policy once President-elect Donald Trump takes office on January 20 will be to annex the large settlement city of Ma’ale Adumim.
Zionist Union chairman Isaac Herzog, speaking at a cultural event in Haifa Saturday, said those supporting annexation were “brainwashing the public with lies, such as claiming that we can annex Area C and the world will allow it.”
Herzog said such action would lead to a reality similar to that created by the civil wars in Syria and Bosnia.
The future for you Abbas, and all your evil, satan spawned, barbaric terrorist followers..."Gaza" will be toast...
15 Thus saith the Lord God; Because the Philistines have dealt by revenge, and have taken vengeance with a despiteful heart, to destroy it for the old hatred;
16 Therefore thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I will stretch out mine hand upon the Philistines, and I will cut off the Cherethims, and destroy the remnant of the sea coast.
17 And I will execute great vengeance upon them with furious rebukes; and they shall know that I am the Lord, when I shall lay my vengeance upon them.
Humpfffff....well, if that bag of wind is right and the Pallies get their state in 2017, they better enjoy it....real fast. It ain't gonna last long, is going to be more administrative than real, and its going to bring more excitement than anybody wants. Serious excitement!!
This next year is shaping up to be a doozie, Shucks, Mrs C and I are just trying to check our calendar and see if it goes past Jan 20. In other words, we ain't prepaying any long term investments....you know, like green bananas.
Jesus, now seems like a really good time to go "home". We're so very ready.
It appears that none of the world's leaders are familiar with the prophetic scriptures (except Bibi of course)...Its sad...History repeats itself..Whats the saying? "The only thing you learn from history is that no one learns from history" - including biblical history of cllllllll the past prophecies fulfilled literally...You would think people would learn but no - it ain't happening (again)...What a shame
Yes Brother Scott,as Brother Zola used to say, this evil in these nations surrounding Israel, is the same recycled evil from centuries ago.
It always struck me as amazing, the God points this fact out in His Judgements of these nations, Lebanon in particular. God devotes three Chapters in Ezekiel, 26-28 to the history of His relationship with them, and His soon to come Judgement to be loosed upon them. In part of His lamentation to the Prince of Tyre, Lebanon, God tells us in Ezekiel Chapter 28 that God knew the Prince of Tyre that he had once walked the God's Garden, the Garden of Eden! Yes indeed, this is "recycled evil", that will be brought to an end.
It is AMAZING to know, that exactly what happened to Lebanon up until this point, has factually, historically happened, I mean exactly to the very detail, and the final fulfillment of Gods Judgement against them will soon come. Astounding, present day applicable, is that God said He would bring in "strangers among them" (think Hezbollah) in their land of Lebanon, that will be taking them down "by the sword" at the final portion of His Judgement in these Chapters against them. Yes these evil "strangers" killing and swinging their swords, will go down into the depths of the sea along with Tyre & Sidon, never every to be found again...
Here's to hoping...sooner than later...
I have been wondering also if we will make it to 1/20. The 1/15 meeting promises to be eventful as well.....it seems so few people realize the stakes that are at play here. I guess the Bible isn't authoritative enough for most people?
Happy New Year all & coninued thanks to you Scott for this blog!
Thanks Lance - no - the bible is ignored by most leaders. Sadly.
You speak it Brother Franklin :)
"Franklin Graham: Donald Trump Won Election by the ‘Hand of God’"
Well, Mrs. C and I are rocking in the new year. She fixed a world class rack of baby back ribs and I went hunting and laid in a year's worth of supplies. 108 roles of TP should do it. Life's little necessities.:)
Lance, you're absolutely right about the 15th. Somehow, I suspect the Soros, Powers, UN doctrine of Responsibility to Protect will be invoked. This would justify inserting UN troops into Israel to enforce separation between Israel and the Pallies along some "imposed" borders.
Trump's election must be causing huge gas pains in figuring out how to do this.
We need a string of, "perhaps today" for the next 20 days and someone might just nail it....
For traditions sake, happy new year to my fellow watchers!
Perhaps today.....please please please
Today gets my vote !
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