[Marxism] Palestinians Say Kerry Appeasing Israel Over Iran at Their Expense

Michael Karadjis mkaradjis at gmail.com
Mon Dec 9 17:51:18 MST 2013

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 
target date.

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 
now occupies.

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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