BREAKING: Palestine breaks off US formatted talks


December 8th, 2017 – Fort Russ News – 
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JERUSALEM, Palestine – In a major turn of events, Palestine’s UN envoy, Abdel Hafiz Nofal has just released a critical statement, reported by global media including TASS.

“Palestine will not negotiate with the US until US President Donald Trump’s decision on Jerusalem is annulled”, said Palestinian ambassador to Russia Abdel Hafiz Nofal.

In particular, Palestine will “oppose US participation in the negotiations in an eventual new format”, he affirmed that “without a doubt”. This leaves Russia as the remaining likely brokers of any forthcoming agreement. Under the heading ‘Multi-vectored diplomacy’, Russia has used its relationship with Israel to lure or bait Israel forward, providing it the belief that there is an alternative to being  backed by the US. 

This effort to triangulate has had good results, and has been critical in minimizing Israel’s role in the Syrian conflict, relegating it to logistic and medical support for FSA, Al Qaeda, and ISIS, while curtailing its ability to strike Syria directly, beyond a limited number of aerial attacks, with limited impact. 

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“The only condition is to annul the decision on Jerusalem,” the diplomat said.

Nofal said that Palestine does not consider the US a mediator in the process of solving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and is seeking new guarantors of the negotiating process.

This means that Oslo is all but dead. This will have profound repercussions moving forward, because it was the Oslo Agreement that bound the Palestinian side, and the Muslim world, to a two-state solution. 

Interestingly, this frees up the entire Arab world and Iran. The issue of Palestine is one which, at least officially and on paper, all Arab countries and Iran agree on. This is a strong point of unity moving forward from a post-Syrian war discourse. 

Israel has pushed this into being for some time, and has acted in bad faith since the 1993 agreement. They have continued their policy of constructing illegal settlements, and denying Palestinians critical access to Palestinian areas, health care, emergency services, etc. 

“From our point of view, the US role as a mediator has lost its value,” he said.

In effect, Palestine will no longer consider the US a broker or mediator in the fragile ‘peace agreement’, which is regularly violated by Israel, as the Zionist entity continues to expand its illegal settler colony program on the Palestine side of the post 1967 armistice. 

He states his belief that the US is likely to reconsider its position on its illegal declaration on Jerusalem being the ‘whole and undivided, capital of Israel’. Both the Oslo Accords and numerous UN resolutions, including at least one UNSC resolution are clear that East Jerusalem is to be the capital of a Palestinian state, under the two-state solution agreed to under the 1993 agreement, brokered by then US President Bill Clinton. 

Barring that, Palestine will no longer continue formatted talks on the ‘peace agreement’, with the US, according to Abdel Hafiz Nofal.

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