Israel 'not ready' for peace: Palestinian official

The most dramatic was the peace process launched after the signing on the White House lawn in Washington of the Oslo Accord secretly negotiated between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organisation during 1993. Israeli control of East Jerusalem is rejected under global law, with United Nations Security Council Resolution 478 condemning the "annexation" as illegal in 1980.

The statement, issued Monday, said the war "resulted in Israel's occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, Gaza and the Syrian Golan and the displacement of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians and Syrians".

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.

Yifat remembers June of 1967, which for Israeli Jews saw the unification of Jerusalem, as a time of jubilation and celebration, as Israel savoured its lightning-fast victory over Egyptian, Jordanian and Syrian forces.

But now, half a century after the Six Day War in which Israel defeated its Arab neighbours, the former paratrooper is overcome with uncertainty about the prospects of peace with the Palestinians.

"Israel today maintains an entrenched system of institutionalized discrimination against Palestinians in the occupied territory - repression that extends far beyond any security rationale", Whitson added.

This was an interim deal involving the creation of a temporary Palestinian authority to govern Palestinians living under the occupation and the withdrawal of Israeli troops.

There is a solid constituency for peace on both sides of the Green Line, both among Israelis and Palestinians.

"Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised on Tuesday to continue building settlements in the West Bank and called himself the first prime minister in decades, who will promote building a new Jewish settlement there".

"Israel is stubborn and just wants to take the land and the West Bank and kick all the Palestinians out". Negotiators were asked to reach agreement on East Jerusalem, claimed by Israel as part of its capital and claimed by the Palestinians as the capital of their state-to-be; Palestinian refugees, Israeli settlers, borders, and security.

He did not specifically mention the two-state solution, long the focus of global efforts and US Middle East diplomacy. June 5 marks the beginning of the Six- Day War. "Everyone talks about a two-state solution".

  • Julie Sanders