Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Will Israel back down on Palestine issue?

Kuwait has blasted the continued oppressive policies of Israeli and its violation of international laws, and has urged the global community to put pressure on Tel Aviv to resume talks with Palestinians.

Speaking at an UN-sponsored international meeting on Palestine, Fahad al-Fadhli, Third Secretary at Kuwait's embassy in Brussels, who represented the state at the conference, noted the contradictory policies of the Israeli government regarding the Palestine question.

''The Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu announced that he was ready for negotiations with Palestinians just two weeks ago for a two-state solution. At the same time however, Israel's bulldozers destroyed 25 farms in Ramallah, and before that 63 Palestinian homes were destroyed in the West Bank which displaced 132 Palestinians including 82 children,'' he said, as quoted by Kuwait News Agency, KUNA.

"This is the highest number over the last three years. This is an absolute contradiction between the words and deeds of the occupying force, but this is something which we are used to from Israel," al-Fadhli told the large gathering of diplomats, and representatives of civil society, academia and the media.

He said that Israel is imposing these policies through illegal settlements, the blockade on Gaza and by violating international humanitarian law, it also fails to respect UN resolutions and has rejected regional and international peace initiatives.

The Kuwaiti diplomat called on the international community to put pressure on Israel to resume talks with the Palestinians and put an end to occupation of all Palestinian lands since 1967 and ensure the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital in line with international legality.

The UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, CEIRPP, in cooperation with the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation and the League of Arab States, has organised a two-day international meeting on the Question of Palestine in Brussels on Monday and Tuesday.

The theme of the two-day conference is: "Israeli Settlements as an Obstacle To Peace: Possible Ways Forward." –End-

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