Draft Summary From Next Weeks – January 15, 2017 – Paris Israel-Palestinian Peace Conference

What are the 70 nations meeting in Paris Jan. 15th trying to pull?

Yes, the Paris Israel-Palestinian Peace Conference is next week, Jan. 15th.  Haaretz shared a scanned PDF of the draft summary statement that is designed to come out of the conference being held January 15, 2017, in Paris.

1  It is a draft waiting for signatures.
2  It firmly pushes the creation of a Palestinian state.
3  The only solution is a two-state solution.
4  Back to pre-1967 borders for Israel.
5  Jerusalem is divided with most handed over to the Arabs.
6  Changes “two democratic states” that was in the UN Security Councils Resolution 2334 to “two states.”  John Kerry in his  December speech used the term “two states” and did not stipulate both must be “democratic”

Reiterating its vision of a region where two democratic states, Israel and Palestine, live side by side in peace within secure and recognized borders, UN Security Councils Resolution 2334

7  Summary paragraph states:

“expect both sides to restate their commitment to the two-state solution and to disavow official voices on their side that reject this solution”

That is not democratic!  Leaders of democratic countries can not do that.  That is a slick way of under minding democracy in Israel.  That is a setup to isolate Israel more, as Israel can not debate and discuss it only agree or go against 70 nations by disagreeing.

Disavow official voices on their side that reject this solution?  Not just shame and reproach but also attack.

When someone gets disavowed, we all know that to be associated with them will lead to shame and reproach. That person and what they represent, it has been made clear, is out of bounds. theweek

8.  Golan Heights

The Paris Peace Draft:  “underscored the Arab Peace Initiative as a vision for a comprehensive resolution of the Arab-Israeli conflict”

The Arab Peace Initiative on the Golan Heights in 2002 at the Beirut Summit and re-endorsed at the 2007 Arab League summit:

Complete withdrawal from the occupied Arab territories, including the Syrian Golan Heights, to the 4 June 1967 line and the territories still occupied in southern Lebanon; BBC

Jan. 15th Draft Summary Full Text:

I) Following the Ministerial meeting held in Paris on 3 June 2016, the Participants met in Paris on 15 January 2017 to reaffirm their support for a just, lasting and comprehensive resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. They reaffirmed that a negotiated solution with two states, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security, is the only way to achieve enduring peace.

They emphasized the importance for the parties to restate their commitment to this solution, to take urgent steps in order to reverse the current negative trends on the ground and to start meaningful direct negotiations.

They reiterated that a negotiated two-state outcome should [meet Israeli security needs and the rights of Palestinians to statehood and sovereignty, end the occupation that began in 1967], and resolve all permanent status issues on the basis of United Nations Security Council resolutions 242 (1967), 338 (1973), 1397 (2002), 1515 (2003), 1850 (2008), the Madrid principles (1991) and the Quartet Roadmap (2003). They also underscored the Arab Peace Initiative as a vision for a comprehensive resolution of the Arab-Israeli conflict, thus contributing to regional peace and security. They welcomed the adoption of United Nations Security Council resolution 2334 on 23 December 2016, which clearly condemned settlement activity, incitement and violence, and called both sides to take steps to advance the two-state solution on the ground.

They took note of the report of the Quartet of 1 July 2016 and its recommendations for both sides to take concrete steps to preserve the two-state solution and to create the conditions for final status negotiations.

They noted with particular interest United States Secretary of State’s remarks on 28 December 2016, in which he stressed that no solution could be imposed and outlined his vision of principles for a final status agreement.

They further emphasized the importance for both sides of complying with international humanitarian law and international human rights law, including accountability.

II) The Participants highlighted the potential for security, stability and prosperity for both parties that could result from a peace agreement. They expressed their readiness to exert necessary efforts toward the achievement of the two-state solution and to contribute substantially to arrangements for ensuring the sustainability of a negotiated peace agreement, in particular in the areas of economic incentives, the consolidation of Palestinian state capacities, and civil society dialogue. Those could include, inter alia:

  • a European special privileged partnership; other economic incentives and increased private sector involvement; support to further efforts by the parties to streamline economic cooperation;
  • concrete support to the implementation of the Palestinian Statehood Strategy, including further meetings between international partners and the Palestinian side to that effect;
  • convening Israeli and Palestinian civil society fora, and rekindling the public debate.

They called for these different strands of work to be pursued diligently.

III) Looking ahead, the Participants:

  • expect both sides to restate their commitment to the two-state solution, and to disavow official voices on their side that reject this solution;
  • call on each side to independently demonstrate, through policies and actions, a genuine commitment to the two-state solution and refrain from unilateral steps that prejudge the outcome of final status negotiations, in order to rebuild trust and create a path back to meaningful direct negotiations, in line with the recommendations of the Quartet report of 1 July 2016;
  • restate the validity of the Arab Peace Initiative and highlight its potential for stability in the region;
  • reaffirm that they will not recognize any changes to the 4 June 1967 lines, including with regard to Jerusalem, other than those agreed by the parties through negotiations; also reaffirm that they will distinguish, in their relevant dealings, between the territory of the State of Israel and the territories occupied since 1967;
  • welcome the prospect of closer cooperation between the Quartet and Arab League members to further the objectives of this Declaration and enhance, if necessary, existing mechanisms;
  • welcome the readiness of interested Participants to review progress and further the set of incentives; their findings could be conveyed to the United Nations for the reporting under 0P12 of UNSCR 2334.

France will inform the parties about the international community’s collective support and concrete contribution to the two-State solution contained in this joint declaration.

Online:  Haaretz an. 15 Paris Peace Conference Draft Summary (PDF)

See also:  January 15, 2017 – 70 Nations Will Gather In Paris To Discuss The Future Of Israel

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