Predictably, the Mideast talks appear to be near collapse. Fortunately, Mr. Abbas has seen through the façade of pursuing the moribund peace talks and has wisely chosen to join 15 international organizations affiliated with the United Nations. Abbas should also present his grievances to the International Court at The Hague and expose the myriad of crimes and injustices heaped on his people.
Israel’s continued practice of demolishing Palestinian homes, land grabbing and settlement building in Palestinian territory is nothing more than blatant theft. It continues its delaying tactic absorbing more and more land while at the same time projecting itself as the aggrieved party – willing to negotiate in good faith but alas not finding “a suitable partner”. This will most certainly accelerate its further isolation and galvanize the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement.
Sadly, the United States has been an enabler allowing this to happen rewarding Israel with tens of billions of taxpayer dollars in military and economic aid. Israel’s tired insistence that the Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish state is a sure way of torpedoing any hope of a peaceful settlement. This demand is like someone forcibly occupying your home and then insisting that you sign over a ‘quitclaim’ on your own property and then acquiescing to the intruder as the rightful owner. Finally, Pollard should remain in prison where he belongs. He demonstrated that his first allegiance is to Israel not the United States.