Israel’s character is it’s own business. It is not up to the Palestinians to define it, Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad said.
“Why raise it now? Why would you want to settle it now when we haven’t settled anything else? Needless to say, however which way Israel decides to characterize itself as a product of the political system of Israel, is [up to] Israel. This condition wasn’t mentioned in the Oslo Accords, and I see no room to set new conditions or preconditions for the negotiations. Until today all we received in exchange for recognizing the two-state solution and stopping the armed struggle was your recognition of the Palestine Liberation Organization as the Palestinian people’s representative,” he says.
“Your partner to the final-status agreement is the PLO,” says Fayyad. Israel entered negotiations with the PLO and received its commitment to stop the violence, he says. “There is no other partner.” The Fatah conference was a demonstration of power and bolstering the ranks of the PLO’s most important organization, he says.
Fayyad says the peace talks should resume from the point where they were cut off during Ehud Olmert and Tzipi Livni’s government. There’s no sense in starting everything from the beginning, he said. “I too object to putting off the talks on Jerusalem and the refugees to the distant future. The conflict must be ended, and do to so we must find a solution to all the core issues,” he says.
Ultimately, the international community and the United Nations’ intervention will be necessary to achieve peace, Fayyad says. “We rely on international law and the international consensus that the territories are occupied land. I believe President Obama will present his peace plan soon. This is an opportunity we must not miss.”