F35 fighter planes as incentive
US is offering 20 F35 fighter planes as an incentive to its spoilt child, Israel for just 90 days building freeze in the West Bank but this does not include East Jerusalem and not a day more than 90 days.
The cost of each plane is well over US $ 92.4 million. In the meantime, it is the Palestinians, who dictate the international consensus and not Israel, right now.
Therefore, they are in the driving seat. If they take their Palestinian state issue to the United Nations they are almost assured of a vote in their favor and this is why Israel is insisting US in addition to the offered incentive a guarantee of veto for the proposal of Palestinian state, if submitted in the UN.
International recognition of the fact that the West Bank and the eastern part of Jerusalem are occupied territory already exists, and many states received international recognition before their borders were finalized.
As for border crossings, Palestine has a land link with Jordan and could export products through the port of Beirut if Israel decides to prevent access to the sea.
15th November, the Palestinians will mark 22 years since Yasser Arafat pronounced Palestinian independence. At the time he had no support for the declaration. Ronald Reagan was in Washington, the president to coin the term ‘political rights of the Palestinians’, who surprised Israel in 1982 with a peace initiative of his own.
He did not talk about a Palestinian state, but today the circumstances are entirely different. It is not Israel dictating the international consensus but the Palestinians. This is their opportunity to establish the Palestinian state.
It is clearly evident that Obama is fed up of construction of settlement trickery of the Netanyahu government and Israeli conditions to continue negotiations and overall, of the mockery that Israel is making of the US administration.
- Asian Tribune -