APN Statement Marking 50 Years of Israel Occupation
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 12, 2017,
Jun 12, 2017, 19:50
They simply want to restore what they lost back then and rejected in subsequent proposals: a state on the borders of 67, no more and no less.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called for ending of Israel's occupation of Palestinian territories since 1967 and urged the worldwide community for negotiating a two-state solution to resolve the conflict between the two Middle Eastern neighbours.
The military conflict began when Israel on June 5 launched a sudden pre-emptive airstrike that destroyed nearly all of the Egyptian air force on the ground.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has demanded that the Palestinians, who view prisoners as national heroes, stop paying stipends to them and their families, and USA lawmakers have warned that Palestinian funding could be cut off unless Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas halts the practice.
The proposed resolution, submitted by a long-time party activist, stated that "Israelis and Palestinians deserve to live in peace and security", and cited a July, 2016 State Department declaration that opposed settlement activity.
Guterres recalled that Israel was founded on 14 May 1948 and the world still awaits the advent of an independent Palestinian state.
Palestinian and Israeli teams came close to a final deal, says Shaath, in 2001 during negotiations at Taba in Egypt, in which he took part.
Guterres, who has previously slammed critics of Israel as anti-Semites and reaffirmed Jerusalem's Jewish roots, shifted gears by saying the Israeli "occupation" sends "an unmistakable message to generations of Palestinians that their dream of statehood is destined to remain just that, a dream; and to Israelis that their desire for peace, security and regional recognition remains unattainable". It has fueled recurring cycles of violence and retribution.
"We insist that the Palestinians finally recognise Israel as the national home of the Jewish people", Netanyahu said.
Hamas is the main political rival of Abbas, who oversees autonomous enclaves in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.
"One state for the two peoples means that we are going to lose our majority", said Danny Yatom, a former head of Israel's spy agency, Mossad.
According to Netanyahu, it is an honor to be the first Israeli prime minister in decades building a new settlement in Judea and Samaria.