Paris forum has message for Trump, Israel

In his January 9 speech to the Diplomatic Corps Accredited to the Holy See Pope Francis renewed his appeal for Israel and Palestine to resume dialogue aimed at "a stable and enduring solution that guarantees the peaceful coexistence of two States within internationally recognized borders".

A joint statement issued after the one-day conference also warned against any parties taking unilateral action on the conflict. Since over 600,000, Israel has allowed the settlement of 600,000 Israelis in the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem.

However, the worldwide community has to move fast in view of accelerated settlement-building activity by Israel which, if allowed to continue for another year or so, will not leave a contiguous piece of land of adequate size for a viable Palestinian state.

"Declaring a Palestinian State in the 1967 borders, a resolution against the settlements, their commitment to the creation of a Palestinian state ... all this is fine and well, but sadly we don't see a mechanism that would usher in the implementation", he said. Kerry, who is critical of Trump's proposed plan to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, endorsed the concept of a two-state solution to end the long standing conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, reports The Guardian.

According to WAFA, Abbas wrote to Trump Jan. 9 and said the move likely would have a "disastrous impact on the peace process, on the two-state solution and on the stability and security of the entire region".

They've both been invited to a briefing on the talks by President Francois Hollande.

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US Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday defended the efforts of outgoing President Barack Obama's administration to broker a peace accord between Israel and the Palestinians, saying that ultimately the parties themselves have been unwilling to negotiate. The final communique of Israel-Palestine resolution was centred into reaffirming the censure of Israeli settlement in the West Bank.

The PLO called on conference host France and all the countries that attended the meeting in Paris to "recognize Palestine in line with their recognition of Israel".

The conference in Paris, set forward one year ago by former French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, was expected to have dire repercussions for Israel.

As a previous ministerial meeting concluded in June 2016 in this capital, the meeting confirmed that the two states' solution is the only alternative capable of opening the way to peace, based on United Nations resolutions and the borders of 1967.

Van Damme noted that the DA delegation was "delighted" to learn that the SA Department of Water Affairs sent an official delegation to Israel in mid-November 2016 and that this delegation did not visit the Palestinian Territories at all.

The Paris meeting demonstrates the utter futility of seeking democratic and social justice for the Palestinian people through some filthy deal between the Palestinian bourgeoisie, the Israeli government and the reactionary Arab states.


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