Despite bleak prospects for success, President Donald Trump promised on Wednesday “to do whatever is necessary” to forge an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal. At a White House meeting with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, Trump pledged to reinvigorate the stalled Mideast peace process that has bedeviled his predecessors and said he would serve as “a mediator, an arbitrator or a facilitator” between the two sides. “We will get it done”, Trump confidently told Abbas. The source of Trump’s optimism was not immediately apparent. He offered no details about his effort or how it would be any different from attempts over the past two decades during which former Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama all tried and failed. Palestinian officials said after the meeting that Trump had not raised any specific proposals to restart negotiations.
China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Thursday after meeting Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki, said that Palestinians must be allowed to build an independent state. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the United Nations’ passing of Palestine-Israel Partition Plan. According to the resolution at that time, Israel had the right to statehood, Palestine also had the right to statehood. However, after 70 years, what we can see is that Palestinian brothers have yet to establish an independent country with full sovereignty. This is unfair. This kind of historical injustice must be corrected and cannot continue”, Yi stated during a joint briefing with al-Maliki. We have to underline the fact that Cina is a good friend to both parties, to Israel and Palestine. The Middle East, however, is fraught with risk for China, a country that has little experience navigating the religious and political tensions that frequently rack the region.
Russia recognizes west Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the Russian Foreign Ministry stated in a surprise announcement on Thursday, obtained exclusively by The Jerusalem Post. The announcement comes as US President Donald Trump’s administration is agonizing over whether to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a move that would constitute recognizing west Jerusalem as the country’s capital. No other country in the world recognizes any part of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The statement issued by the Russian Foreign Ministry reads, “We reaffirm our commitment to the UN-approved principles for a Palestinian-Israeli settlement, which include the status of East Jerusalem as the capital of the future Palestinian state. At the same time, we must state that in this context we view West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel”. According to the statement, “The stalling of the Middle East peace process has created conditions for unilateral moves that undermine the potential for an internationally accepted solution to the Palestinian problem, under which two states – Israel and Palestine – could live in peace and security with each other and with their neighbors”. The statement continued that “The concrete parameters of a solution for the entire range of issues regarding the status of Palestinian territories, including Jerusalem, should be coordinated at the direct talks between the parties involved”. Using its opportunities as a permanent member of the UN Security Council, a co-sponsor of the peace process and an active member of the Middle East Quartet of international intermediaries, Russia will continue to provide assistance to the achievement of Israeli-Palestinian agreements.
For the first time in years, the United Nations Security Council will not focus its monthly open Middle East debate on Israel and the Palestinians, at least under the month-long presidency of US Ambassador Nikki Haley. The president of the Security Council, said that he would like to implement measures for peacekeeping reforms and broader human rights issues, despite the opposition of some member states. She intends to have the April 20 debate revolve around such issues as Iran’s support for terrorism, the Syrian crisis, Hezbollah and Hamas among others, Haley said on Monday. So much has been put toward Israel and the Palestinian Authority and not enough has been put toward some of these other issues. That is our goal for the Middle East open debate.
The Jerusalem District Police on Sunday declared high alert across the capital, which will be in effect throughout the Passover holiday, beginning on April 10. The decision in taking after a terrorist attack in the Old City of Jerusalem when a Palestinian terrorist stabbed two youths and tried to stab a border policeman. The terrorist attempted to flee the scene and was killed after a short clash with Border Police. They are trying to strengthen the security forces under the Easter holiday and those who try to prevent people from visiting Jerusalem will have “think twice” because ISrael is much better prepared than in the past. Saturday’s incident took place at around 3:15 p.m., when a 17-year-old Palestinian from the Nablus region, who had no permit to be in Israel, began following two haredi youths aged 18 and 20 down Hagai Street in the Old City of Jerusalem. Due to this event during the holiday, increased police deployment will focus on holy sites and recreational destinations like parks, national parks, and nature reserves, as well as along major highways and other hightraffic roads. Extra police presence will be felt along the seam line between east and west Jerusalem and in the Greater Jerusalem area, as well as at entrances to Israel from Judea and Samaria.
King Salman’s visit to Jordan aimed to enhance political, security,military, investment,cultural, agricultural, labor, transport, housing and energy cooperation between the two countries. During the meetings of the Saudi-Jordanian Coordination Council and the Joint Jordanian-Saudi Committee a number of agreeements and memoranda of understanding were signed and the development of bilateral relations were ensured. Concerning the Palestinian situation the two sides stressed the “legitimate rights of the Palestinian peopleand their right to establish an indipendent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital”. Moreover they expressed their hope for the success of the 28th Arab Summit that will be held in Jordan and their support in combating extremism,terrorism and violence. They also discussed about Syria and Yemen and the importance of preserve their unity, besides condemn Iran’s interference in the internal affairs of the region’s countries
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that “Israel is committed to working with President Trump to achieve peace with the Palestinians and all our Arab neighbors”. Israel is defending itself from boycott and slander, and it defended by anti-semitism. Regarding the Palestinians, Netanyahu said “the Palestinian Authority must stop teaching children to hate and must stop paying terrorists, and must above all recognize the Jewish State”, adding: “My hand is extended to all our neighbors in peace”. We have to underline the fact that Israel is became a global technological power and Israel wouldn’t be the country it is today without the steadfast support of the United States of America. Also Tony Blair former British Prime Minister, who has always worked for peace bewìewtween Israel and Palestine, said that Israel should renew relationships with the arab world. Netanyahu said that he expected the Obama Administration to oppose any international initiative to advance a resolution on the Israel-Palestinian issue at the United Nations Security Council. Netanyahu, who spoke via satellite after having cancelled his trip to Washington two weeks earlier, said that some members of the international community are interested in forcing Israel to accept U.N. conditions, and he hopes the United States will stick by its longstanding policy and reject these efforts.
The Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) condemned the UN for revoking a report accusing Israel of imposing an apartheid regime on Palestinians. “Instead of succumbing to political blackmail or allowing itself to be censured or intimidated by external parties, the UN should condemn the acts described in the report and hold Israel responsible”, said PLO Executive Committee member HananAshrawi on Saturday. She also called on UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to take real conscience of the situation, including the precedent cases of human rights and international law’s violations.
Israele and United States are working on a common understanding with regard to settlement construction, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the government on Thursday before heading to a second meeting this week with US special envoy Jason Greenblatt, appointed by President Donald Trump to oversee special international negotiations. In this period the relations between Israel and the White House are improving. The last US initiative under former US President Barack Obama broke down in April 2014. Palestinians have insisted that talks cannot be renewed unless Israel halts all West Bank settlement activity and Jewish building in east Jerusalem. Israel in turn has called for a renewal of direct talks without pre-conditions. It’s believed that Netanyahu has proposed to the Americans that Israel be allowed to build in the settlement blocs — including Gush Etzion, Ariel, Ma’aleh Adumim and Modi’in Illit — while freezing construction in the isolated settlements beyond the security barrier.
At least one man was killed on Tuesday in clashes between Islamist militants and the Palestinian Fatah faction at a Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon where a power struggle has fueled days of violence. The Ain el-Hilweh camp, on the outskirts of the southern coastal city of Sidon, has often seen factional disputes spiral into violence. Medical sources said the man killed was a civilian. Three other people, including a child, were wounded. Gunmen from Fatah, the party of West Bank-based Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, have regularly clashed with Islamist militants in the camp, including supporters of Islamic State and al Qaeda. The latest wave of violence began on Feb. 23. The U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which aids Palestinian refugees, said it had suspended all services in the camp on Monday and Tuesday because of the violence.Fatah has an agreement with Lebanese authorities to hand over wanted Islamist militants hiding out in Ain el-Hilweh, which is outside Lebanese security forces’ jurisdiction, a security source said.