"Even after this meeting, it's not clear to us why Netanyahu doesn't make the return of the boys a condition in all the talks for rehabilitating and upgrading Gaza that are happening every day.”
“Our country in no way recognizes any of the administrative measures taken by the Israeli occupying power in the Syrian Golan,” Syria's ambassador to the UNHRC said.
The US-Israeli position, whereby refugees could “return” to the Palestinian state, remain in place or move elsewhere with compensation, is the only viable solution.
Unilateral moves will not bring peace any closer. Instead, they distance the parties and make negotiations harder than they were ever before.
Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said the senior officials of his movement held intensive discussions with representatives of all Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip about the cease-fire proposal.
The Qatari diplomat is also accused of seeking to install himself as a “guardian” on the Gaza Strip and a “broker” for international initiatives.
If Hamas has thrown down a gauntlet to Israel to consider a long-term cease-fire, Israel should pick up the gauntlet and explore every possibility.
Israel has in the past exchanged both Palestinian prisoners and the remains of terrorists for Israeli hostages and the remains of IDF soldiers.
“We urge Ireland to support any legislation that will help enforce differentiation between Israel per se and the settlements in the occupied territories of the West Bank and east Jerusalem.”
Peace should be made out of conviction, of free will, mutually agreed-upon satisfaction, not imposed, a fair, win-win game not a zero-sum game.