Flash90 Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday said he believed a future Palestinian state should be demilitarized, offering rare backing for a key Israeli demand in any peace deal.
At almost the same time, a senior official of the Palestinian Authority was in Tokyo seeking support from the Japanese government for a possible change in Palestinians tactics in their struggle for self-determination and statehood.
Illegal Settlements and the Responsibility of the World Community On November 19,Japan's Ministry of Foreign of Affairs issued a statement "deploring" Israel's approval of the construction of nine hundred housing units in the Palestinian neighborhood of Gilo in East Jerusalem.
The statement also reiterated a call by Japan for Israel "to freeze settlement activities including 'natural growth' in the West Bank which includes East Jerusalem.
US President Barack Obama said the action by Israel "embitters the Palestinians in a way that could end up being very dangerous.
Bush administration and, as US attempts to Israel and the future of a palestinian state any UN consideration of the Goldstone report condemning Israeli human rights violations in the Gaza War indicate, it now continues in the Obama administration. All of these policies are downplayed by Washington and the US press but discussed openly in the Israeli press.
Japan's diplomatic position on Israel and the Palestinians conforms to the international consensus of a two-state solution. In its fullest form, that position was outlined in May by then-Special Envoy for the Middle East Arima Tatsuo, who issued the following statement to coincide with a meeting of the Arab League Summit: As regards the conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians, Japan supports its solution through the Road Map, which is the only path leading to a co-existence of two states, Israel and Palestine living side by side in peace and security.
Japan does not recognize, therefore, any changes to the pre borders other than those arrived at by agreement between the parties concerned. There appears to be nothing in the diplomatic record that suggests Japan's government has changed its position since As far as this author knows, the government has not issued any new statements on since the DPJ came to power.
On the other hand, in deference to Washington's desire to keep the UN Security Council from enforcing its own resolutions relating to Israel and the Palestinians, Japan has no history certainly not recently of urging the Council to reexamine its failure to implement Moreover, as discussed below, Japan distances itself from any responsibility to enforce international law by ending Israel's occupation of Palestinian and its violation of human rights laws by regularly calling on the two sides, ignoring Israel's lopsided power, to work harder to settle their differences.
Resolutionpassed in in the aftermath of the Six Day War supported by Resolutionpassed in to bring the Yom Kippur War to a ceasefirecalls for the withdrawal of all Israeli forces from occupied Palestinian territories and forms the basis of any durable political settlement between the two sides.
But the four-decade-long occupation and denial of Palestinian self-determination and human rights demonstrates that, without positive action by the international community, the implementation of the two resolutions to bring about a just and lasting peace will go nowhere. European Union foreign affairs chief Javier Solana This appears to be the rationale for a proposal made by EU foreign affairs chief Javier Solana, who in July called for the UN Security Council to assume responsibility for establishing a Palestinian state by a certain deadline if the two sides have not reached an agreement.
The Security Council would then set border parameters for Israel and a new Palestinian state, and resolve the other permanent status issues on control of Jerusalem, refugees, and security. Even worse, Japan renders itself counterproductive in the service of international law and justice by pretending that Israel and the Palestinians merely have to exercise sufficient goodwill to implement these resolutions.
Japan strongly hopes that the peace negotiations will be resumed under the agreement of both parties. It seems clear that with Israel-Palestinian negotiations long stalled, while Israel continues its inexorable building and consolidation of illegal settlements, that the Japanese diplomatic position, if it is a serious one, requires a focus on the positive steps the world community can take such as the Javier Solana proposal to finally implement However, Japan has done nothing to remind the Security Council of its responsibility to enforce its own resolutions ending the Israeli occupation, and has for the most part adopted a passive position in other UN deliberations critical to the Middle East.
As reported in Japan Today, Hasan Abu-Libdeh, national economy minister, told a news conference in Tokyo that he planned to discuss obtaining Japanese government support for the outline of a Palestinian state.
There are other signs of pushback and an end to the days of automatic capitulation to Washington as was the practice under the Liberal Democratic Party, Japan's governing political party for some 50 years.
Under the DPJ, the central government is now investigating and has announced plans to publicly report on a secret US-Japan pact on the transport of nuclear weapons through Japanese territorial waters, appears serious about reducing the burdensome concentration of US troops in Okinawa and seems to want to keep the US at arms length as it pursues an independent policy of more tightly integrating Japan into the Asian community of nations.
All these initiatives at least suggest the possibility that the new DPJ government might be open to new thinking on Israel and the Palestinians. If the DPJ is amenable to a new approach, that could be useful to the Palestinian strategy of seeking UN support for statehood, which connects to the likely second reason for the Tokyo visit by the Palestinian economy minister.
The visit came several days after the Palestinian leadership announced a medium-term plan to go to the United Nations to ask for a declaration of a Palestinian state within borders i. The Palestinian leadership had made an Israeli settlement freeze a prerequisite for new talks, and so refused to sit down with the Israeli government as long as the latter continued to build on Palestinian land Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has dismissed Israel's moratorium on new settlement construction because it did not apply to several thousand housing units and public buildings in the West Bank and to eastern Jerusalem.
We went into this peace process in order to achieve a two-state solution. Rather than a general declaration of independence, the Palestinian Authority would declare a Palestinian state within specified borders, those of the armistice linewhich have already been recognized de facto over the years, from UN resolution to the Road Map.
Specifying the borders is what would differentiate this initiative from previous declarations based on principle of independence but without territorial claims, the latter supported even by Israel since it relieves it of pressures to end the Occupation by giving the Palestinians symbolic sovereignty.
The reasoning behind such an initiative is clear: Because it occupies Palestinian territory, Israel is able to negotiate from a position of strength, while the Palestinians, with no leverage whatsoever, have no way to pressure Israel to meaningfully withdraw.
Instead of requiring Israel to relinquish its illegal settlements and other forms of control, this policy forces the Palestinians to negotiate every settlement, road and centimeter of land, unable in the end to compel Israel to make any concessions it does not want to make. For a unilateral declaration of statehood to be accepted by the international community, the Palestinians first need to shore up support from major countries like Japan for the concept of a Palestinian state situated inside pre borders though not yet for statehood itself.A tour of Abu Dis, the proposed capital of a future Palestinian state Since December of last year, there have been rumors that the Abu Dis plan was back in the cards.
The history of the State of Palestine describes the creation and evolution of the State of Palestine in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. During the Mandatory period, numerous plans of partition of Palestine were proposed but without the agreement of all parties.
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