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  • » 09/25/2010, 00.00

    ISRAEL - PALESTINE

    Clashes in East Jerusalem as talks stall between Netanyahu and Abbas



    Hundreds of young Palestinians clashed with Israeli police in Issauia, Silwan, Wadi Joz, Ras al-Amud. Israel willing to "compromise" on the colonies, but not to point of zero growth. Abbas calls for a total freeze. Obama is pushing for the extension of the moratorium on settlements.

    Jerusalem (AsiaNews / Agencies) - For the third consecutive day, young Palestinians clashed with Israeli police in the neighbourhoods of East Jerusalem. Several hundred youths threw stones at security forces in the district of Issauia, while minor incidents continued in Silwan, Wadi Joz, Ras al-Amud.

    Tensions erupted after the killing of a Palestinian in the neighbourhood of Silwan by a guard in defence of Israeli settlers, three days ago. Yesterday was also the news that a Palestinian child died of asphyxiation after the launch of a tear by the Israeli police.

    Eighteen Palestinians were arrested. Among them members of Fatah linked to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Some of them declared they were defending the Palestinians against the abuses of the colonists.

    In many parts of East Jerusalem Israeli settlements expand by eliminating the presence of the Palestinians, often resorting to expropriation and expulsion.

    The issue of Jewish settlements on Palestinian land (in East Jerusalem and West Bank) risks scuttling talks between Abbas and Prime Minister Netanyahu in New York.

    Under international pressure, and especially that of President Barack Obama, Israel says it is ready to "compromise" on the colonies. But – say authorities- "zero development is not an option”. Instead the Palestinian side is demanding a total freeze of the illegal settlements.

    Prime Minister Netanyahu, however, seems unable to make concessions on settlements, given that his support base is drawn from those who advocate their expansion. A moratorium on settlements - in the last 10 months construction has only been partly curbed - is about to expire at the end of the month. Obama is calling on Israel to extend the moratorium.
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    See also

    21/08/2010 ISRAEL - PALESTINE
    Scepticism over "direct" dialogue between Israel and Palestine
    Although Netanyahu and Abbas agreed to meet next on Sept. 2, problems seem insurmountable settlements, Jerusalem, return of refugees. Hamas is sceptical, but also moderate Palestinian and Israeli figures. AsiaNews sources: Enough with palliative care. A large international initiative is needed.

    23/04/2010 ISRAEL – PALESTINE – US
    Uncertainty surrounds Mitchell’s mission
    The US Mideast envoy has a difficult job ahead. He is in Jerusalem to jumpstart peace talks. The Palestinians demand a settlement freeze; Netanyahu responds that they will not stop in Jerusalem; the State Department notes, “We don't go to meet just to meet.”

    10/03/2010 ISRAEL – PALESTINE – US
    UN and US slam new East Jerusalem settlements
    Generally negative reactions greet Israeli Interior Minister’s announcement, which comes at a time when US vice president is in the country to re-launch the peace process. Inside Israel, criticism is heated. For the Kadima party, it sets “a new record for diplomatic stupidity.” Palestinians call for concerted reaction by Arab countries.

    16/09/2010 ISRAEL – PALESTINE
    Jewish settlements in West Bank and East Jerusalem hindering Israeli-Palestinian talks
    Mahmoud Abbas is threatening to leave negotiations if settlement activity does not stop. Freeze on new construction is set to expire in ten days. Netanyahu refuses to extend freeze, claiming security is Israel’s top priority.

    23/09/2009 ISRAEL – PALESTINE
    For Obama talks between Israel and Palestine are urgent, but no one is budging
    Pressures by the US president are not generating any response from Netanyahu or Abbas. Both have domestic problems with allies. West Bank and East Jerusalem settlements remain the hardest obstacle to overcome.



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