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Obama pushes for new talks as Abbas keeps UN hopes alive

By Lesley Clark . Divided…pro-Israeli protesters against the upcoming vote to grant Palestine United Nations membership outside the United Nations. Photo: AFP

UNITED NATIONS: With his administration and United States allies unable to dissuade the Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, from pursuing membership at the United Nations, President Barack Obama will make a case for reviving the moribund Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

Mr Obama, who was set to meet Mr Abbas yesterday, is expected to include in his remarks to world leaders before the UN General Assembly a reiteration of US policy: that for the decades-old conflict to be resolved, Palestinians and Israelis need to negotiate.

”Peace is going to have to be made between the parties,” the deputy national security adviser, Ben Rhodes, said, offering a preview of Mr Obama’s remarks. ”It’s going to have to be the Israelis and the Palestinians sitting down, dealing with the very hard issues that have divided them. There’s no shortcut to peace.”

Will PA’s UN vote be held on Rosh Hashana or Yom Kippur?

Foreign Ministry receives reports Palestinian move an attempt to neutralize Israel’s ability to speak before the assembly or exert pressure behind the scenes

ByItamar Eichner

The Palestinians are considering bringing their statehood bid for a vote at the UN on Rosh Hashana or Yom Kippur, two of the holiest days in the Jewish calendar, according to reports that have reached the Foreign Ministry.

By doing so, the Palestinians hope to neutralize Israel’s ability to speak before the assembly or exert pressure behind the scenes, Yedioth Aharonoth reported.

Abbas goes for broke to the UN Assembly

by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
Arutz Sheva photo: Flash 90Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas is “going for broke” in his bid for United Nations recognition of the PA and a moral victory in the face of what a Saudi Arabia news column called “Obama’s gutlessness.”

The Arab News column stated that Abbas has no choice but to go to the United Nations due to “Obama’s state of gutlessness and Netanyahu’s core expansionist agenda.”

It added, “Success in the UN General Assembly is not a recipe for changed facts on the ground, but if the world endorses their rightful demands it will provide Palestinians with a massive moral victory and illuminate America’s honest broker status as a sham. To avoid embarrassment and a split with numerous U.S. allies, President Obama has taken to using weasel words and empty promises he knows cannot be fulfilled.“

Palestinians loosing support

More than 100 European parliamentarians sign letter objecting to unilateral Palestinian declaration of independence; only talks can bring peace, letter says, but US officials admit situation gloomy, depressing

Ronen Medzini

More than 100 European Union parliament members say they object to a unilateral declaration of Palestinian statehood in September.

In a letter addressed to EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton, parliamentarians from severa

‘Obama vision’ becomes basis for Mideast peace

Just as Israeli officials feared, US President Barack Obama’s “vision” of pushing Israel back to it’s 1967 borders has become the basis for international peace efforts in the Middle East.

Last week, France offered to host renewed peace talks based on the “Obama vision.” Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas at the weekend accepted the French proposal, even though it would likely end his campaign to unilaterally declare a Palestinian state at the UN in September.

According to the Bethlehem-based Palestinian news agency Ma’an, Abbas and his advisers have realized that the UN statehood bid is a dead end, as the US will never allow the motion to pass in the Security Council.

But it appears just the threat of taking such unilateral action has paid off. A former adviser to US presidents on Middle East issues said that Obama’s “1967 borders” policy speech was an astounding and unprecedented adoption of Arab positions regarding the peace process with Israel.

If Obama’s stated conditions are to become the starting point for new negotiations, Abbas has gained far more than he would have at the UN.

UN Votes on Palestinian State in Sept.


Senior Fatah Central Committee member Nabil Shaath on Tuesday estimated that the Palestinian Authority will be able to gain recognition for a Palestinian state from two-thirds of United Nations member states before September 2011.

PA President Mahmoud Abbas was expected to travel to France on Wednesday to meet with French President Nicolas Sarkozy to discuss recognition of an independent Palestinian state.

Abbas’s duplicity about his support for honoring terrorist Dalal Mughrabi

by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik

#imag1 In an interview with Israeli TV Channel 2 last week, Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas condemned the Palestinians’ naming of a square after Dalal Mughrabi, the terrorist who led the most lethal terror attack in Israel’s history:

“There’s no doubt, I’m against it. I condemn this action [of naming a square after Mughrabi],” Abbas said.

However, when speaking to Palestinians in 2010, Abbas said he supported it. “Of course we want to name a square after her… We carried out a military action; can I then later renounce all that we have done?” [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 17, 2010]

Palestinian Media Watch reported on this in detail in 2010. (See full timeline of the Dalal Mughrabi square controversy.)

In addition, Abbas has personally glorified terrorist Mughrabi, whose bus hijacking in 1978 killed 37 civilians. Abbas funded a computer center named after Mughrabi: “Yesterday the Hebron Building Committee inaugurated a computer center named after the Shahida (Martyr) Dalal Mughrabi. Present at the event were President Mahmoud Abbas’s advisor for communications and information technology… The center was funded by a contribution from the President’s Office.”