Palestinians issue ultimatum to Kerry, demand solution to prisoners in 24 hours

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kerry abbasThe Palestinians have given Washington’s top diplomat John Kerry until Tuesday to resolve a a dispute with Israel over the release of prisoners after he flew in to salvage crisis-hit peace talks.

US peace efforts are teetering on the brink of collapse after Israel refused to free a group of 26 veteran Palestinians under an agreement that brought the sides back to the negotiating table in July 2013.

Furious Palestinian officials — who had agreed to freeze all efforts to secure international recognition for the duration of the peace talks — have warned that unless Israel changes its stance on the prisoner releases, it could signal the end of the talks.

After landing at Tel Aviv airport at 1600 GMT on Monday, US Secretary of State Kerry headed straight to Jerusalem for a two-hour meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

But a late-night meeting in Ramallah with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas was cancelled, sources on both sides said, without giving a reason.

Instead, Kerry held talks at his Jerusalem hotel with chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat, US officials said.

Kerry flew to the Middle East from Paris for what was expected to be little more than a 15-hour visit to push both sides to resolve the lingering dispute over Palestinian prisoners that is threatening to derail the negotiations ahead of an April 29 deadline.

Abbas spent most of the evening locked in a key meeting to discuss the standoff, with the leadership giving Kerry 24 hours to come up with a solution to the prisoners issue.

– Israel will ‘bear the consequences’ –

“If we don’t get an answer from John Kerry on the prisoners tonight, we’ll begin to ask for membership in all UN agencies tomorrow (Tuesday),” independent Palestinian MP Mustafa Barghuti said.

Kerry is due to hold further talks with Netanyahu on Tuesday, before returning to Europe for a NATO meeting in Brussels.

Israel earlier agreed to release a total of 104 prisoners in four stages but after it refused to free the fourth and final batch of prisoners on March 29, the Palestinians said that all bets are off, with officials warning Israel would “bear the consequences” of its decisions.

The Palestinian leadership agreed there would be no extension of the peace talks without a “comprehensive” freeze on settlement construction in the West Bank and annexed east Jerusalem, two separate sources said.

The talks, which have so far yielded no obvious results, are due to draw to a close on April 29 and US efforts are currently focused on getting the parties to agree an extension to the end of the year.

The question of an extension has become intricately tied up with the fate of the 26 prisoners.

Just a day ahead of the expected releases, Israel said it would not free detainees convicted of deadly attacks unless the Palestinians would commit to extending the negotiations.

But the Palestinians say they will not even discuss any extension of the negotiating period unless Israel frees the prisoners.

The impasse has triggered “intense” US efforts to resolve the dispute, with Kerry speaking with both sides earlier on Monday.

The US decision to fly Kerry in came after a late-night meeting between the negotiating teams in Jerusalem at which Israel had made a fresh proposal for extending the negotiations that was rejected by the Ramallah leadership, a Palestinian official said.

“Israel is practising a policy of blackmail and linking its agreement to releasing the fourth batch of prisoners with the Palestinians accepting to extend the negotiations,” he said.

– Pollard fate the key? –

In exchange for Palestinian agreement to continue the talks, Israel had offered to free the fourth batch of detainees and to release another 420, most of them common law criminals.

And although the Israelis were offering a partial settlement freeze in the West Bank, it would not be extended to east Jerusalem.

It was Kerry’s first visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories since early January, although he has held face-to-face meetings with both Netanyahu and Abbas in Europe and the United States.

Separate sources close to the talks said Israeli and US negotiators were discussing a possible deal to secure the release of US-born Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard as a way to unblock the talks impasse.

Pollard was arrested in Washington in 1985 and condemned to life imprisonment for spying on the United States on behalf of Israel.

One proposal could see Pollard freed before the week-long Jewish holiday of Passover, which begins in mid-April.

In exchange, Israel would release the final batch of prisoners as well as another group of detainees, and the sides would agree to extend the talks.

AP

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39 responses to “Palestinians issue ultimatum to Kerry, demand solution to prisoners in 24 hours”

  1. never missed an opportunity to miss an opportunity

    1. barabie Avatar

      That’s Israelis for you

      1. acctually i ment the palis but if you deem it right for the mouse abu-mazen to run israel’s internal afairs,dictate to us our self definition, decide what we can do and what we can’t. decide which murderer we release and the time frame for it , then yes you are right… we prefer to “miss the opportunity” for that kind of peace.
        neither of these are rational demands and putting them all together as a baseground for negotiations is other words for refusing a negotiation
        p.s
        through the last 20 years of failed negotiations i failed to see one pali reach out towards israel…abu mazen and yasser never wanted peace, just to suck and steal the international community’s donation money

        1. barabie Avatar

          Lol look who is talking about stealing aid. That’s akin to Jack the Ripper preaching about morals.

          1. barabie , just because you don’t see a penny of the money doesn’t mean it is not freely given 🙂
            abu mouse and his predecedor yasser before him suck you dry.
            have you ever wondered how is it that suha is living like a queen in paris?
            or the source of abu mazen’s millions?
            dahlan, rajub all live like kings whille sending other plais to work in is rael for scaps.
            the only exeption was baraguti but unfortunatly for him he killed 1 israeli too many.

          2. 5thDrawer Avatar
            5thDrawer

            In a whole world, there are not very many Mother Teresas.

          3. hey 5th 🙂
            long time since i’ve been here ,how are you ?
            no mother teresas at all.but there is hope for israel atleast
            yesterday israeli court found ex-pm olmert guilty of taking bribe…he is going in for 8-10 years 🙂
            i am smiling because ,if fear of jail is what it takes to keep politicians clean, so be it.
            we’ll turn them into new mother tereas 🙂

          4. 5thDrawer Avatar
            5thDrawer

            Clean politicos are rare too … but ‘veteran prisoner’ sounds good. :-)))

          5. 5thDrawer Avatar
            5thDrawer

            Clean politicos are rare too … but ‘veteran prisoner’ sounds good. :-)))

  2. never missed an opportunity to miss an opportunity

  3. 5thDrawer Avatar
    5thDrawer

    So … let’s see … Israel must do everything – down to the very last ‘veteran prisoner’ – and then everything else palestinians want – before the palestinians will stop throwing stones, go away, and be peaceful citizens forever after. Seems logical.
    Just as logical as thinking all Israelis will listen to Americans … or visa versa, for that matter.

    1. barabie Avatar

      Don’t twist words 5th! There was an agreement between the two sides last year and now Israel is renigging on that agreement. All the Palestinians have asked for is that Israel uphold its end of the agreement. Show when did the Palestinians threaten to throw stones if Israel didn’t keep its word? Btw I doubt anyone is surprised that Israelis don’t mean what they say.

      1. it’s not twisting words but calling things what they are..
        i-rational demands lead to refusal to negotiate.
        if the palis are serious about negotiations they should present logical demands and no(!) trying to intervine from the outside and set the definition of israel is not only non logical ,it’s also laughable.

      2. it’s not twisting words but calling things what they are..
        i-rational demands lead to refusal to negotiate.
        if the palis are serious about negotiations they should present logical demands and no(!) trying to intervine from the outside and set the definition of israel is not only non logical ,it’s also laughable.

      3. Adam Yonatan Ben Yoel Avatar
        Adam Yonatan Ben Yoel

        Fair enough but really what is the point as long as the PA says that it won’t discuss ‘end of conflict’, any cap on a right of return to Israel proper or recognition of Israel as a Jewish majority state?

        1. yeah lol..
          the dumb !@#$ try to sell us a deal:
          israel will give everything and in return we…………. WHAT???
          what is it exactly the mighty superpower of rammalah will give in exchange to all they demand?? the answer is nothing and nothing is free :))
          since they give nothing ,this is exactly what they get in return

          1. man-o-war Avatar
            man-o-war

            While we’re on the topic, what will Israel give the Palestinians in exchange for Settlement expansion into the West Bank? You know, other than military occupation. After all, “nothing is free”

          2. cook2half Avatar
            cook2half

            Expansion? More like building inside already existing blocks that would be a part of Israel either way. No new settlements built for 20 years (unfortunately, LOL).

            Time to end Oslo and annex the whole of Judea and Samaria.

          3. hmmmm…we could give it up for ..i dont know…a recognintion in a jewish state..no wait, i don’t really care what is the pali’s vision for israel, it’s not his to decide it’s future….how about..giving up the rediculos i-legal demand to allow pali refugies to return to israel?
            the guy declairs he will build a residental neighbourhood on the eastern wall..
            declairs he will deport all jews from PA while demanding we take palis into israel.
            he is either complete stupid to believe it will pass or a real smart one for knowing it will never pass.
            either way, through stupidity or cannuing he solidifies the status que.
            yesterday he gave kerry a 24 hours ultimatum ,today he begs him to return to the negotiator part. the man has no plan but to drag the negotiation on and on…he knows as well as we do that the minute he has a state it will fall apart.the best solution for him is no solution.
            laughabale

          4. 5thDrawer Avatar
            5thDrawer

            You mention ‘Vision’. There seems to be remarkable lack of that ‘FOR’ humans.

          5. cook2half Avatar
            cook2half

            Your comment is on moderation. Oxscam does not count. LOLOLOLOLOL.

            Posted from my new iPhone. Samsung galaxy ace sucks with disqus

          6. man-o-war Avatar
            man-o-war

            Haha, of course OXFAM doesn’t count. What was I thinking? I should know better than to post a source that goes against the zionist movement. How about B’tselem? That would not count either, right? Please help me find a source that agrees with your view of the past 20 years, LOL LOL LOL LOL

          7. cook2half Avatar
            cook2half

            Oxfam partners have included:

            East London Mosque – an extremist institution whose speakers have included Saad Al Beraik, a hate preacher who calls for the enslavement of Jewish women.

            Islamic Relief – a charity which the Israeli government has designated a “terrorist front”. Ayaz Ali, the head of the charity’s Gaza operations, was deported after being accused of funnelling money to Hamas. Neo-Nazi images were found stored on his computer.

            MADE in Europe – a charity whose staff are linked to the Muslim Brotherhood and other radical Islamist groups, and whose offices are based at the extremist London Muslim Centre.

            Human Appeal International – a charity identified by the US Government as one of a number of groups used as conduits for funds to terrorist organisations, including Hamas.

            Zaytoun – a trade collective run by members of the anti-Israel, pro-terror International Solidarity Movement. Zaytoun works to promote the boycott of Israeli goods.

            Palestine Solidarity Campaign – an anti-Israel lobbying group which the BBC has described as a ‘radical’ organisation that supports Hamas. The Board of Deputies of British Jews has stated the PSC’s views include “racist conspiracy theories, the propagation of antisemitic stereotypes and Holocaust denial”.

            Muslim Aid – According to its own accounts, Muslim Aid paid £325,000 to the Islamic University of Gaza, where leading Hamas figures teach; and £13,998 to the al-Ihsan Charitable Society, designated by the US government as a “sponsor of terrorism” and a front for the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist group.

            Federation of Student Islamic Societies – a radical student movement which has, in the past, promoted Al Qaeda recruiter Anwar Awlawki and has provided a platform to hate preachers such as Haitham Al-Haddad, who has said that Jews are “apes and pigs” and that the Gaza war made him happy because “it clearly encouraged Muslims to prepare themselves for jihad, all over the world”.

          8. cook2half Avatar
            cook2half

            lol, your other post is also on moderation.

            French court rules: Israeli occupation of West Bank not illegal

            http://missingpeace.EU/en/2013/04/french-court-rules-israeli-occupation-of-west-
            bank-not-illegal/

            Dumbass palestinians have lost other cases too. The Geneva Conventions only apply to signatory states (Article 2) and either way Article 49 talks about forced deportations during WWII and not free movement. The fakestinians are better off faking more casualties for sympathy than pretending they know anything about international law.

          9. man-o-war Avatar
            man-o-war

            Haha, cook2long is at it again. You know damn well that the French court did not say that the Israeli occupation is not illegal. Also, its not a surprise that a French court sided with a French corporation that was being sued. Why don’t you post the court ruling crook? If you want to prove you’re not a cherry picking zionist, you can also tell us where to look in the ruling that proves what you say to be true.

          10. cook2half Avatar
            cook2half

            Its all legal. Nasser blocked Tiran and sent the UN forces packing. Therefore anywhere the IDF step foot on = Israel

          11. man-o-war Avatar
            man-o-war

            Haha, so does that mean south Lebanon all the way to Beirut is also Israel?

          12. cook2half Avatar
            cook2half

            PLO terrorists are not Lebanese, doesnt count

          13. man-o-war Avatar
            man-o-war

            Haha, so does that mean south Lebanon all the way to Beirut is also Israel?

          14. cook2half Avatar
            cook2half

            PLO terrorists are not Lebanese, doesnt count

          15. man-o-war Avatar
            man-o-war

            In the past 20 years:

            Israel has increased its control over land and lives in the OPT:

             Israel has rapidly expanded settlements across the West Bank, including East Jerusalem: The number of Israeli settlers has more than doubled from 262,500 settlers in 1993ii to over 520,000 today, across the West Bank, including 200,000 in East Jerusalem.iii Israeli settlements are considered illegal under international lawiv and are seen as a serious obstacle to peace. The Israeli government provides a subsidy of up to $28,000 for each apartment built in a settlement,v and settlers enjoy access to numerous financial benefits, including tax exemptions.vi Despite the resumption of negotiations, in the past month the GoI has approved at least 3,600 new settlement units.vii

             Israel controls 80 percent of Palestinian water resources and the 520,000 Israeli settlers use approximately six times the amount of water that the 2.6 million Palestinians in the West Bank use.viii Most West Bank settlements are located close to water resources, which Palestinians are restricted from accessing. Israeli settlers in the Jordan Valley use large quantities of water to grow agricultural produce for export, while Palestinian farmers struggle to irrigate their crops. Under the Oslo process a Joint Water Committee was set up to manage the West Bank’s shared water resources. While this committee is made up of an equal number of Palestinians and Israelis, it effectively grants Israelis exclusive veto power over water resource and infrastructure development in the West Bank.ix

             Israel has demolished over 15,000 Palestinian structures across the OPT since 1993, including homes, water systems, agricultural facilities and other vital property. Today there are 4,500 outstanding demolition orders on Palestinian structures.x The vast majority of demolitions take place because a home or structure has been built without a permit. However, more than 94% of all Palestinian permit applications have been rejected by the Government of Israel (GoI) in recent years.xi In the past month, Israel has demolished at least 36 Palestinian buildings, leaving 11 families homeless.

            Expanding Israeli settlements now have control over more than 42 percent of the land in the West Bank.xiii One fifth of the land occupied by settlements is built on private Palestinian land.xiv While built up areas of Israeli settlements cover 1.5 percent of the West Bank, Israel’s overall settlement enterprise includes much more than this. The allocation and use of land reserves, agricultural and industrial facilities, bypass roads, and other infrastructure also comes under the purview of Israeli settlement regional councils, on which Palestinians have no representation.

             Today, there are more than 100 outposts; combined, they control over 16,000 dunumsxv of land in the West Bank.xvi Outposts are settlements established without official Israeli authorization. While demolition orders are sometimes issued by Israeli authorities they are seldom enforced, and outposts are often assisted by Israeli government ministries. They began to be established in 1996, after the GoI increased its oversight over the expansion of new settlements. While the text of the Oslo Accords did not expressly prohibit the expansion of settlements, the spirit of the agreement recognised the territorial integrity of the West Bank and Gaza as central to a future Palestinian state.

             Palestinians remain unprotected from settler violence.

            Following Oslo, in February 1994 an Israeli settler notoriously killed 29 Palestinians in Hebron. Since then more systematic recording shows that settler violence is on the rise, and is undermining the physical safety and livelihoods of Palestinians. The number of settler attacks resulting in Palestinian casualties and property damage has increased by 32% in 2011

            compared to 2010, and by over 144% compared to 2009.xvii In 2011, alone 10,000 Palestinian-owned trees, primarily olive trees, were reportedly damaged or destroyed.xviii Over 90% of monitored complaints against settler violence have been closed without indictment in recent years.xix Eight Israeli settlers were also killed and 37 others injured by Palestinians in 2011.xx

            Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem struggle to continue living in their own homes. It is estimated that the Israeli municipality of Jerusalem demolished over 1,600 Palestinian structures, residential, public, and commercial—since 1993.xxxi More than 86,500 people are potentially at risk of having their homes demolished.xxxii This is despite the issue of Jerusalem being left for final-status negotiations in the Oslo Peace Process.

             A system of nearly 550 Israeli-controlled checkpoints, barriers and gates has severely curtailed the movement of Palestinian civilians.xxxiii From 1972 until 1991, a general system of exit permits was in place whereby residents of the OPT were able to freely enter Israel and East Jerusalem, and could pass between Gaza and the West Bank.xxxiv In 1991, this came to an end and a new Israeli permit system was introduced restricting Palestinians freedom of movement, and marking the beginning of a policy of closure. Additionally, there are over 400 ad-hoc checkpoints which are deployed on average every month.xxxv

             The Wall has physically separated Palestinian communities, cutting them off from their agricultural land and vital services. In 2002, the GoI began construction of the 708km long Wall; its planned route will effectively render 9.4 percent of West Bank land, including East Jerusalem off limits to West Bank Palestinians. Thousands of Palestinians have been confined to isolated pockets in the area between the wall and the Green line, severely restricting their livelihoods

          16. 5thDrawer Avatar
            5thDrawer

            Any screen smaller than 24″ sucks with disgussing … 😉

        2. yeah lol..
          the dumb !@#$ try to sell us a deal:
          israel will give everything and in return we…………. WHAT???
          what is it exactly the mighty superpower of rammalah will give in exchange to all they demand?? the answer is nothing and nothing is free :))
          since they give nothing ,this is exactly what they get in return

      4. cook2half Avatar
        cook2half

        lol, lets not talk about agreements. Abbas going to the UN and changing the status of the territories is a violation of Kerry’s peace talks and a violation of the Oslo Accords.

  4. 5thDrawer Avatar
    5thDrawer

    So … let’s see … Israel must do everything – down to the very last ‘veteran prisoner’ – and then everything else palestinians want – before the palestinians will stop throwing stones, go away, and be peaceful citizens forever after. Seems logical.
    Just as logical as thinking all Israelis will listen to Americans … or visa versa, for that matter.

  5. habibi Avatar

    Is it going to be the LAST ultimatum? we will see

  6. IraniAngel Avatar
    IraniAngel

    i’m back bitches :))) how r u all doing bithcy bitches. i see u r still bitching like u have always bitched. Me myself started missing bitching with u guys

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar
      5thDrawer

      It’s OK Irani … you can begin on El Supremo. We don’t mind. :-))

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