As Jerusalem fumes over UN resolution and US role in it, secretary to deliver highly anticipated address; Washington expresses concerns Israel isolating itself. The speech will be streamed live starting at 11:00 AM EST at State.gov.
“One thing we know: we are not going to get to a creative solution, or a solution at all, for that matter, if either side continues to take unilateral steps that are viewed as anathema by the other,” special assistant to the President Rob Malley tells The New Yorker’s Bernard Avishai.
Three-story building approved Jewish settlers in predominantly Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan in East Jerusalem after earlier vote was reportedly canceled at Netanyahu’s request.
“There is more at stake in today’s volatile regional environment than simply U.S. credibility in the dormant Arab-Israeli peace process. Moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem risks fueling the flames of an already explosive region in ways that could irreversibly harm U.S. national interests,” writes Dalia Kaye.
An Egyptian paper published what it claims are the transcripts of meetings between top US and Palestinian officials that, if true, would corroborate Israeli accusations that the Obama administration was behind last week’s UN Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements.
“The UN Security Council’s resolution is a direct response to right-wing policies in the Occupied Territories, which have placed Israel on a collision course with the world. We need responsible leaders who understand that the military occupation and settlements cannot continue without repercussions,” writes Avner Inbar.
“Whatever the passage of a UN resolution criticizing the settlements may bring, the fallout has already made one thing clear: the Israeli government subscribes to a de facto ‘Greater Israel’ policy,” writes Natasha Roth.
“UN efforts to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict have failed miserably, as Israel is unmoved by its resolutions over the years,” writes Akiva Eldar.
“After the settlements censure, Israel’s consul general in New York suggested linking Israeli know-how to diplomatic support. But that would be like cutting off our nose to spite our export markets,” writes Sami Peretz.
Signaling interest in improving ties, Cairo allows more Gazans to exit through Rafah, okays commercial imports for first time since 2013.
More than two years after the 2014 war, displaced citizens are still struggling to survive.