Israeli Obstacles on the Path to a Just Peace

  • 21 August 2013

Peace talks between Palestinians and Israelis resumed recently after a hiatus of about three years. The United Arab Emirates views the resumption of these talks as a good opportunity for the two sides to engage in dialog in order to resolve the conflict. The UAE places the Palestinian cause on top of its list of priorities and will spare no effort in providing assistance and support to Palestinians so that they establish an independent state, cooperate with Arab and other countries and find a comprehensive and just solution for the people in this region and for future generations. While Palestine was accorded a ‘non-member observer state’ status in November 2012 with an overwhelming majority, it is important to build on this achievement that would consolidate international recognition of Palestine as an independent state having sovereignty over the 1967 borders with Jerusalem as its capital.

Based on the above mentioned, the UAE’s support for the peace process is based on important considerations, including its firm and principled belief in the importance of peace as a fundamental mechanism to resolve problems and disputes regardless of their severity and complexity. The UAE is also aware that the Middle East has suffered wars and conflicts for many years, which has weakened its ability to grow and prosper. The region has paid a heavy price with the blood of its people and continues to grapple with conflicts and crises in many places. The first step toward resolving this situation would be resumption of the peace process as a means to evolving a consensus for a fair resolution instead of imposition of unjust conditions.

Undoubtedly, if efforts to reach a solution to the Palestinian-Israel conflict fail it would strengthen forces of extremism and violence and severely undermine calls for moderation and coexistence. Therefore, just and comprehensive resolution will be an essential and inevitable step toward building a strategy that addresses the problems of the entire region. Hence, the United Nations and the international community have to increase their influence and pressure toward finding an urgent, lasting and comprehensive solution to the issue. Such influence would include putting pressure on Israel to stop its illegal colony building activities in the Palestinian territories, to implement a full withdrawal from Palestinian and Arab territories occupied since 1967 and to give up its policies of Judaization of Jerusalem and its inflexibility on the issue of right to return of Palestinian refugees.

The international community continues to express its concerns regarding the difficult humanitarian and economic situation that exists in the Gaza Strip. It is a result of the continued siege and the closure of crossings imposed by Israel. Israeli actions have caused a major humanitarian crisis and are a serious violation of international law, including the Geneva Conventions related to the protection of civilians in times of war. The international community also wants Israel to end its blockade, pursuant to Security Council Resolution of 1860, eliminate all its military checkpoints and barriers in Palestinian cities and villages.