Israel 'won't null' Palestinian accords

2012-11-29 13:01

Jerusalem - Israel will not cancel any agreement with the Palestinians over the vote scheduled for Thursday for "non-member observer state" at the UN, but rather uphold them "to the letter", an official said.

"We have no intention on cancelling any agreement, particularly in the economic field," Israel foreign ministry spokesperson Yigal Palmor said. "What we will do after this vote is to apply the agreements to the letter."

Palmor reiterated that in applying for the upgraded status at the UN General Assembly, the Palestinians were "flagrantly violating the commitments they made to resolve the conflict with Israel through negotiations and not unilateral moves".

Israel had insinuated it was considering a variety of punitive measures in retaliation to the Palestinian move, ranging from freezing the transfer of tax and customs funds it collects for the Palestinians to "toppling" the Palestinian Authority, as one Israeli foreign ministry policy paper suggested.

But such unilateral moves would be contrary to the 1993 Oslo Accords, and weaken the Israeli claim it is upholding them while the Palestinians are in violation of the agreements that were intended to pave the way for a full resolution of the conflict.

An Israeli official speaking on condition of anonymity said Israel would not freeze the transfer of funds to the Palestinians, a punitive measure used in the past, but rather could skim off those monies to pay off debts racked up by the Palestinians.

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"We could extract some of these funds to pay off the debts accumulated by the Palestinian Authority we hadn't taken until now," he said. "Arrears to the Israel Electric Company amounted to over $700m shekels [$170m]."

"Israel could also reduce the amount of water it supplies, since we supply the Palestinians far more than what the agreements necessitate," the official said.

Other proposed sanctions include a possible reduction in the number of work permits for Palestinians employed in Israel or Israeli settlements, or a re-examination of VIP travel arrangements for senior Palestinian officials in the West Bank, the official said.

Annexation of settlement blocs in the West Bank, as some rightwing Israeli members of parliament proposed, was not being considered, said the official.

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas will bring his bid to the UN General Assembly and indicate his conditions for talks with Israel in a speech on Thursday.

He is guaranteed an overwhelming victory in the 193-nation assembly even though the United States and Israel fiercely oppose the move and other major powers have their doubts.

  • theodor.herzl.3 - 2012-11-29 13:30

    Terrorist Abbas is sidestepping direct negotiations. How can a no state apply to be a non-member observer state??? Get your house in order, amend your charter that calls for the destruction of Israel. You are a invented people!

      watchman.smith - 2012-11-29 20:36

      United Nations is quickly fulfilling scripture. Parting the land of Israel the land that belongs to God almighty is leading to Armageddon. Joe_3:2 (KJV) I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.

  • peanutcluster - 2012-11-29 13:36

    What right do the Jewish settlers from Eastern Europe have to control the Palestinian people's lives in this way? Its plain rude!

      theodor.herzl.3 - 2012-11-29 13:52

      Control? First of all their is no such people called Palestinians. Then I assume you are referring to Israeli Arabs having full rights as an Israeli citizen, serving in the IDF, serving in the Knesset, going to Universities etc. etc. They have more rights than Arabs have in the rest of the Middle East. You know nothing of this situation nor history as is evident.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-11-29 14:02

      According to your twisted logic almost no country founded in the last 200 years or so is a legitimate country. This certainly includes but is not limited to illustrating examples like Indonesia, Libya, Kuwait, Pakistan,etc, and yes, also Israel. Even you should see the flaw in this!

      neutedop.opinie - 2012-11-29 14:04

      Theodor, Peanutcluster sits in South Africa (or wherever) and reads 3 articles, and now he is a genius. He would prefer Syria, where you kill your own people, Saudi, where stoning of woman is a halftime show at a football match, or Afgan, where they slit a girls throat for not wanting to marry some perverted old Muslim!

      theodor.herzl.3 - 2012-11-29 14:07

      Israel returned! enough said : )

  • neutedop.opinie - 2012-11-29 13:36

    Israel must stop playing nice... All these people see is the negative - not about the power and water being supplied. I wish Israel give them all of the land, and then cut all their water and electricity supplies from Israel. Let them pay for it! Then they will see what Israel can REALLY do if they want to.

      peanutcluster - 2012-11-29 13:46

      Jewish settler from Eastern Europe logic:- steal Palestinian land, cut off their water supply, relegate them to a bantustan. Supply them with water, then expect praise and thanks!

      neutedop.opinie - 2012-11-29 14:02

      If they spend more money on infrastructure, and less on rockets, they might even have had their own power station. Do you think Israel had a power station and waterworks waiting for them....when they returned to their land? Maybe the Palastines should have stayed part of Jordan.....then at least they would have a country - hahaha

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-11-29 13:39

    "Israel could also reduce the amount of water it supplies, since we supply the Palestinians far more than what the agreements necessitate," Israeli settlers already have expropriated dozens of West Bank springs, leaving the Palestinian population with no access to water even for drinking, as detailed in a March 2012 UNESCO report. In the South Hebron hills, Israel, has expropriated all Palestinian water sources.

      theodor.herzl.3 - 2012-11-29 13:56

      @infidel What rubbish, and we all know UNESCO is a pro pal lying anti-Semitic snake.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-11-29 13:58

      There's that word, anti-Semitic, which is even worse when used to by people who not Semitic at all!

  • - 2012-11-29 15:57

    UN voting against Obama’s wishes for talk’s first statehood after and not the other way around... What do you suppose will happen to the United Nations when the United States Congress cuts off all funding to that less-than-august body? Will France, Norway, Denmark and Spain pick up the slack? Wouldn't matter. Because the United States Congress will simply announce that the tax-exempt status of all United Nations agencies, consulates and diplomats has been terminated. They occupy some pretty pricey real estate, all of it currently enjoying tax-exempt status. Now, they will have to pay taxes, utilities and actually be responsible for parking tickets. Never fear -- France, Norway, Denmark and Spain will surely pick up the slack, right? Don't f**k with the big dog. You'll get bitten, and you won't like it.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-11-29 16:58

      The UN doesn't operate on the whims of Obama. This is what children, who are used to always getting it their way do when they are told to grow up, they go and sulk and throw big tantrums. Aren't Americans the flag bearers for Democracy and representation? It will seem a little churlish of the US to walk away from the UN just because "democratic" voting did not go her way. The US should understand the strength of majority voting. I know what you have written is wishful thinking and borne out of frustration to being diplomatically isolated and has no basis in reality and as such won't judge you harshly!

      larry.lachman.54 - 2012-11-29 21:01

      For the umpteenth time Lesego, Zionists are proud to be zionists. Are you proud to be a Jew-hater?

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