Cairo planning peace summit
Proposed summit will support the establishment of a Palestinian state within the June 1967 borders.
A senior Egyptian source told the London-based Arabic daily Al-Hayat his government was holding talks with several countries to organize an international peace summit shortly.
The peace summit is meant to reaffirm the call for peace and for the establishment of a Palestinian state within the June 1967 borders, regardless of the settlement issue, the source said. He added that the Israeli government is not willing to make any goodwill gestures toward the Palestinians, and that the Egyptian government could not stand idly by.
The source told the paper that Egypt does not see any sense in suspending the peace process because Israel refuses to freeze settlement construction, but said the Arab states fully support Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ decision not to resume negotiations before Israel renews the moratorium.
Meanwhile, Palestinian Authority official Mohammad Shtayyeh, a member of the negotiating team, said yesterday that there isn’t even a 1 percent chance that the PA will be able to make peace with an Israel led by Benjamin Netanyahu.
Shtayyeh told reporters the Israeli negotiating team refused to discuss a document submitted by their Palestinian counterparts, fearing this would damage the governing coalition.
Faced with a diplomatic deadlock, the Palestinians are left with several options, Shtayyeh said.
He said Palestinians could demand that Israel assume responsibility over the occupied territory, which he said was the next step after asking the United States and United Nations to recognize a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders.