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Israel-Palestine Peace Talks under Clouds
Apr 03, 2014

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas defied American diplomats on April 1 by unilaterally signing more than a dozen United Nations treaties, endangering the U.S.-brokered peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

The signing occurred as U.S. and Israeli negotiators were working on a broad outline for a bold plan to extend the talks, which would require Israel to slow settlement construction in the West Bank and release hundreds of additional Palestinian prisoners.

The developments followed a report that the United States was considering the release of Jonathan Polard, a former U.S. Navy intelligence analyst who in 1987 was convicted of spying for Israel, as part of a broader deal that would keep the peace talks underway at least through 2015. The Palestinians would, in turn, agree not to pursue recognition of a sovereign Palestinian state or other redress through the United Nations to keep alive hopes for a negotiated solution.

The Palestinians won non-member observer state status at the United Nations in 2012. Israel and the United States consider the United Nations an unsympathetic forum for Israel, but one that will not help the Palestinians achieve an independent state beside Israel, which occupies the West Bank and enforces a partial naval and land blockade of the Gaza Strip.

Palestinians had agreed not to join U.N. organizations or sign U.N. treaties in exchange for Israel’s promise to release 104 Palestinian prisoners. Because the last group of 26 was not released as scheduled, the Palestinians felt free to sign the documents.

The Palestinians were in a combative mood. They were upset by an announcement at the time of talks that the Israel Land Authority is tendering an offer to sell to developers the rights to build 708 housing units in the Jerusalem area community of Gilo, which sits on land captured by Israel in the 1967 war and later annexed by the Jerusalem municipality. To the Palestinians, Gilo is a Jewish settlement built on occupied land in East Jerusalem and, therefore, illegal by. Israel disputes this.

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