Netanyahu rejected U.S. peace plan in meeting with Arab leaders

Actually, it's an old one rewarmed by Netanyahu, who a year ago proposed that Israel build on its common interests with Sunni states such as Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia, which also are focused on containing Iranian expansionism and destroying Islamic jihadists. Its present government fully supports the Jewish settlers in their criminal activity of demolishing Palestinian homes and expropriation of their lands.

With a new approach and a strong, friendly president, I believe this will improve the future for the Israel-Palestine situation and also for our country. "It is time for the suffering of the Palestinian people to stop and for Australia to take a more balanced role in supporting the application of worldwide law and not supporting Mr Netanyahu and his policies", the statement organised by the Australia Palestine Advocacy Network said. It could only be acceptable to its people if Israel became a secular state with equal rights for both peoples. It is also generally agreed within more than 100 countries, that have recognised Palestine as an independent entity, that a decision to move the U.S. embassy might cause outrage among Palestinians and could erupt into violence.

On Thursday, however, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Washington still backed a two-state solution to the conflict.

According to the report, Sisi and Abdullah saw the entry of Herzog or another opposition figure into Netanyahu's coalition government as a potential rationale to press Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, who was made aware of the secret talks by Kerry, and to help secure the participation of the Saudis and other Arab countries in a regional summit.

Are there other possible plans that might work?

In 1967, Israel's air force knowingly attacked the USS Liberty, a US Navy vessel in global waters in the Mediterranean. Talks to end Israel's occupation of the West Bank and Arab East Jerusalem, captured in the 1967 Arab-Israeli war, and create an independent Palestine living alongside a secure Israel, have so often tantalised only to disappoint. These Arabs are called Palestinian Israelis.

Under a second option, proposed by Netanyahu rival Naftali Bennett, Israel would annex the Oslo Accords' Area C, where most of the 400,000 Jewish residents live. During the visit, the prayer for the State of Israel was said. Even some Palestinians are looking around and wondering if now is the best time to test the ability of their society to stand on its feet against a backdrop of Middle East upheaval.

PM Lee had reiterated Singapore's longstanding position that it was friends with both Israel and Palestine, and said he hoped to see both sides make progress towards a just and durable two- state solution.

He warned that the result would be a swift reversal of of the Jewish majority between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, to an Arab one.

Mr Netanyahu's rejection of the plan contradicts his own claim of wanting to involve regional powers in resolving Israel's conflict with the Palestinians.

  • Leroy Wright