[Marxism] Palestinians Say Kerry Appeasing Israel Over Iran at Their Expense
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Palestinians Say Kerry Appeasing Israel Over Iran at Their Expense
* U.S. security proposals for West Bank coolly received
* No linkage between Iran and Palestine - U.S. envoy
By Ali Sawafta
December 09, 2013 "Information Clearing House - "Reuters" - JERUSALEM,
Dec 9 (Reuters) - A senior Palestinian official said the United States
was asking Palestinians to make security concessions in peace talks with
Israel in order to silence the Jewish state's criticism of world power
diplomacy over Iran's nuclear programme.
The accusations by Yasser Abed Rabbo, who joined Palestinian President
Mahmoud Abbas in a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry last
week, further clouded hopes of achieving a negotiated accord by an April
Kerry, who is expected to return to the region late this week, presented
both sides with suggestions on Thursday about how Israel might fend off
future threats from a Palestinian state envisaged in West Bank land it
Israel has long demanded that under any eventual accord it retain
swathes of Jewish settlements in the West Bank, as well as military
control of the territory's eastern Jordan Valley - effectively, the
prospective Palestine's border with Jordan.
But Abed Rabbo told Voice of Palestine radio that Kerry had plunged the
process into crisis by seeking to "appease Israel through agreeing to
its expansion demands in the (Jordan) Valley under the pretext of
U.S. acquiescence to Israel's security demands was aimed at "silencing
the Israelis over the deal with Iran and achieving a fake progress in
the Palestinian-Israeli track at our expense", he said.
Abed Rabbo was referring to the Nov. 24 interim accord reached in Geneva
between world powers and Iran, whereby it agreed to some curbs on its
disputed nuclear programme in exchange for the easing of international
Dan Shapiro, the U.S. ambassador to Israel, said on Monday there was no
quid pro quo between the Iran and Palestine talks.
"These two issues concern both Israel's security and our security and
the interests of all the Middle East, that it be a more quiet and stable
region. But we do not see any linkage in which we seek to give on one
issue and receive on the other," Shapiro told Israel's Army Radio.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu initially condemned Geneva as
an "historic mistake" that risked helping Iran's limping economy, while
leaving it with the means to make a nuclear bomb. Iran says its nuclear
drive is peaceful.
The Geneva deal further strained the Netanyahu government's ties with
the Obama administration, which is mindful of support for the Jewish
state in the U.S. Congress, though Netanyahu struck a more conciliatory
tone last week.
Israel has not commented on the U.S. proposals but cabinet minister
Yaakov Peri said on Sunday the government had not yet agreed to them.
Amid deep Palestinian pessimism over prospects for a deal, many Israelis
also question whether Abbas would be able to keep his armed Islamist
Hamas rivals, who rule the Gaza Strip and spurn coexistence with the
Jewish state, to an eventual accord.
Shapiro said Gaza's government would have to change for Palestinian
statehood to be fully realised.
"We are talking about two states for two peoples. The Palestinian state
will also include Gaza. But there has to be a change to the regime
there. That is clear."
(Writing by Dan Williams, Editing by Jeffrey Heller and Jon Boyle)
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