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Talks are underway to convene a Quartet meeting at the foreign ministerial level
in mid July to propose a formula for peace talks that could coax Israel and the
Palestinian Authority back to the negotiating table, thereby keeping the PA from
taking its bid for statehood to the UN in September, Israeli officials said
Envoys from the US, the EU, Russia and the UN – which all make
up the Quartet – met last Friday in Brussels and discussed the possibility of a
meeting between US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, EU foreign policy chief
Catherine Ashton, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, UN Secretary- General
Ban Ki-moon, and Quartet envoy Tony Blair in Washington on July 11.
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has, however, not been any formal announcement of such a meeting.
discussed the issue during meetings in Jerusalem last week.
meeting, if it were held, would take place a matter of days before the PA would
be expected to inform Ban Ki-moon of its desire to seek recognition at the
If the Palestinians indeed want to be admitted to the UN, they need
to submit a request to the Secretary- General by mid July, so that a committee
would be established that would then give a recommendation on the matter to the
If the Council adopted such a resolution, it would then
go to the General Assembly which opens its 66th session on September 13 for a
vote. It would take a two-thirds majority for this to pass.
however, is considered far fetched, since it is widely believed that the US
would veto such a resolution in the Security Council.
Among other ideas
currently being floated would be for the Quartet to get the sides to agree on
language for a new Security Council resolution on the conflict that would
contain elements which would be important for both sides, and which would be
brought to the Security Council and form the foundation of future
The Palestinians have made clear that they would like to see the
parameters laid down
by US President Barack Obama calling for negotiations to be
based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps, as part of this formula. In
order to make this idea palatable to Israel, there is discussion about inserting
other wording that would somehow refer to Israel as the nation state of the
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, at a speech on Tuesday
to the Jewish Agency Board of Governors, reiterated his demand
that PA President
Mahmoud Abbas “stand before his people” and “say these six word, ‘I will accept
the Jewish State’.” He has to say it,” Netanyahu said. “And the only way that
it’s going to happen is by the external pressure that says to the Palestinian
leadership: Just say it.”