Israel's Livni to block effort to bar talks about Jerusalem

JERUSALEM Sun Oct 20, 2013 7:34pm BST

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel's chief peace negotiator will seek to block a proposal introduced by members of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's cabinet to make it tougher to negotiate with the Palestinians over Jerusalem, one of her aides said on Sunday.

The motion won preliminary cabinet approval, but the aide said that Livni, who is also Israel's justice minister, would ask the full cabinet to freeze it to avoid any delay to U.S.-backed negotiations renewed in July after a three-year impasse.

Jerusalem is one of the most divisive issues in the talks on creating a Palestinian state in territories Israel captured in the 1967 war.

The sides are also divided over the future of Jewish settlements, where borders should run, and Palestinian demands for a "right of return" for refugees and their descendants.

Israel regards all of Jerusalem as its "eternal" capital. In a move never recognised internationally, it has annexed the city's eastern sector, which Palestinians also want as capital of their future state.

Aiming to stop any attempt to concede Israeli control over the city, a pro-settler-dominated government panel approved a bill to require the consent of at least 80 of parliament's 120 members before Jerusalem's future can be negotiated.

Livni, who represents Israel at peace talks held under U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's tutelage, has a week to file an appeal which would delay transfer of the measure to parliament where it would face another four votes before becoming law.

Israeli media have reported little progress in the talks, although they have taken place under an agreed news blackout.

Kerry said at the United Nations last month that the parties had agreed to accelerate the negotiations, which Washington had envisaged being completed by the middle of next year.

(Writing by Allyn Fisher-Ilan; Editing by Alistair Lyon)

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THOMASWADAMS wrote:
Greetings, Israel continues to commit unlawful punishment and crimes against Humanity upon the Palestinian Peoples.

It matters not, to me, what religion law breakers profess to follow; oppression, apartheid, occupation, theft of land, destruction of property, denial of Human Rights, murder, all of these are criminal acts deserving International sanction and punishment. Religion is irrelevant; these criminal acts originate in the decisions of Government.

World opinion is near unanimous on this point; Israel is criminally culpable in the occupation and ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian Peoples from the land which is their birthright. The Palestinian Peoples are an integral part of the great Diaspora of “Semites”; they have a claim to the land that none of the incoming immigrants can match.

I call upon members of the United Nations Security Council together with The General Assembly, to re-affirm the many past resolutions condemning Israel, and to institute lawful effective procedures, by force if necessary, to remove all settlers from land internationally recognised as the State of Palestine.

Further, that the United Nations creates a peace keeping force to stay with Palestine until Palestine is peacefully established.
Regards, THOMAS W. ADAMS.

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