As usual, while ostensibly commenting on current developments in Israeli-Palestinian negotiations John Quigley turns to biased allegations and longtime factual inaccuracies regarding Israel (“U.S. can’t accept settlements if it wants Mideast peace.”)
Contrary to Mr. Quigley’s assertions, settlements are not the main obstacle to peace, but rather are one of many issues — including Israel’s security concerns, Palestinian refugees and the status of Jerusalem — that will be negotiated as part of a final-status agreement. Although the Palestinians sought to impose a “precondition” of freezing settlement activity following the breakdown in negotiations in 2010, they abandoned that position prior to the start of the current round of talks. Moreover, Israel has been willing to uproot settlements in the interest of peace, and it is expected that similar difficult concessions will be taken as part of a final Israeli-Palestinian agreement.
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