FM: Unilateral PA declaration wouldn't work

Lieberman Unilateral Pa

By REBECCA ANNA STOIL
November 16, 2009 12:55
1 minute read.
Erekat gestures 248.88 ap

Erekat gestures 248.88 ap. (photo credit: AP [file])

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Monday morning assessed that a unilateral Palestinian declaration of independence would not succeed, as it would have little chance of winning the United Nation Security Council's approval. Speaking at a Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee meeting, Lieberman warned the Palestinian Authority against such an initiative. A unilateral declaration would be a breach of the agreements the Authority signed with Israel, thus nullifying Israel's obligation to the same accords, Lieberman said, repeating similar sentiment worded by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Sunday. European Union special representative for the Middle East peace process, Marc Otte, also spoke out on Monday against unilateralism. In interviews with Arab media, Otte said that it is better to reach a solution through negotiations, and warned both sides against unilateral moves. Palestinian officials have recently been threatening that they are prepared to ask the United Nations to endorse an independent state, without Israel's consent, because they are losing faith in the peace talks. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said on Sunday, "God willing, we will soon have an independent state with its capital in Jerusalem." Chief PA negotiator Saeb Erekat said the Palestinians had decided to turn to the UN Security Council, deeply frustrated that 18 years of on-again, off-again negotiations with Israel had yielded little fruit. He said the PA also asked the EU on Monday to support their bid for nationhood. "Now is our defining moment. We went into this peace process in order to achieve a two-state solution," he said. "The endgame is to tell the Israelis that now the international community has recognized the two-state solution on the '67 borders." Netanyahu responded later on Sunday by warning that Israel might take unilateral steps if the Palestinians did not return to the negotiating table. "There is no substitute for negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority and any unilateral attempts outside that framework will unravel the existing agreements between us and could entail unilateral steps by Israel," Netanyahu said. Tovah Lazaroff contributed to this report.

Related Content

Jisr az-Zarq
April 3, 2014
Residents of Jisr az-Zarqa beckon Israel Trail hikers to enjoy their town

By SHARON UDASIN