US Initiative to Restart the Peace Process

US Initiative to Restart the Peace Process

By Mohammed Younis, Al Hayat

1.11.14
 
translation by Geneva Initiative staff
 
A foreign diplomatic source revealed to Al Hayat that the Obama Administration is preparing an initiative to restart the peace process between the Palestinians and Israelis. In addition, the U.S. is considering abstaining, for the first time, from using its veto to prevent the passage of the resolution which the Palestinians presented to the Security Council calling for an end to the occupation in a defined time period.
 
The diplomatic source said that the initiative, which came from the State Department, will officially begin at the end of the year or the beginning of next year, and will be presented by the Security Council or as an initiative of Secretary of State John Kerry for the two sides. The source emphasized that the experts at the State Department are currently studying previous initiatives including the Clinton parameters, the Geneva Initiative and others and that they will try and avoid the difficulties and mistakes which took place in previous negotiation talks.
 
The source emphasized that there was an earlier Palestinian commitment to postpone presenting a draft Security Council resolution until after the mid-term elections, in order to take into consideration the Obama Administration, and to remove the dilemma about the use of the veto during such a sensitive period in the U.S.
 
The source also revealed that the Obama Administration is considering for the first time refraining from using its veto to prevent passage of the Palestinian request for two reasons: Firstly, Washington's dissatisfaction with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his policy, Secondly, the language of the Palestinian request is moderate and is in line with the American position.