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Sign: Covenant With Many (Mideast peace news)
Scripture: Daniel 9:27
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Israeli officials: Obama to call world summit if Mideast peace talks fail
By Barak Ravid
U.S. President Barack Obama has told several European leaders that if
Israeli-Palestinian talks remain stalemated into September or October,
he will convene an international summit on achieving Mideast peace,
senior Israeli officials told Haaretz on Thursday.
The officials said the conference would be run by the Quartet of
Middle East peacemakers – the United States, European Union, United
Nations and Russia – in a bid to forge a united global front for
creating a Palestinian state. The summit, they said, would address
such core issues as borders, security arrangements, Palestinian
refugees and the status of Jerusalem.
Obama is determined to exert his influence to establish a Palestinian
state, the officials said, and several European leaders have vowed
that the EU would support any peace plan proposed by Washington.
Therefore, though so-called proximity talks are set to start in the
coming weeks, Obama is already readying for the possibility that the
indirect Israeli-Palestinian talks might reach a dead end.
The U.S. proposal would likely be presented by the end of this year,
the officials said.
On Saturday night, Arab League foreign ministers will convene to
reiterate their support for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud
Abbas to begin the U.S.-mediated talks. The Arab bloc is expected to
demand that the negotiations show progress within four months.
September and October will thus be critical months in determining
whether the talks have borne fruit.
The UN General Assembly will reconvene in late September, and that
month will also mark one year since Obama hosted a largely
unproductive trilateral summit with Abbas and Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu. In addition, September 26 marks the end of the 10-month
period Israel allocated for a freeze on West Bank settlement
construction, and Netanyahu will have to decide whether to allow such
building to be resumed.
Israeli officials said they believe Obama could postpone the
international summit, or the unveiling of his own peace plan, until
after the midterm Congressional elections in November, in which his
Democratic Party is widely expected to suffer heavy losses.
Meanwhile, Netanyahu has a full diplomatic schedule next week. On
Monday, he will travel to Sharm al-Sheikh for talks with Egyptian
President Hosni Mubarak on restarting the peace process. Mubarak will
likely ask Netanyahu to make goodwill gestures toward the Palestinians
to demonstrate the seriousness of his intentions to advance
U.S. special envoy George Mitchell will return to the region later in
the week to meet with Netanyahu and Abbas for discussions that may
serve as the first round of proximity talks.
In advance of these talks, Interior Minister Eli Yishai instructed the
Jerusalem Planning and Building Committee to inform him of any plan to
authorize construction that the U.S. administration might deem
Abbas, for his part, will visit China on Friday, and in advance of
this visit, he told the state-run news agency Xinhua that the Obama
administration had promised him it would work to prevent any
provocative Israeli moves during the negotiations.
“We want our state to be declared under an international agreement,”
Abbas told the agency while visiting the Jordanian capital of Amman
Thursday. “If this could not happen, the Arabs will go to the UN
Security Council to get recognition of Palestinian statehood.”