Abbas seeks Putin’s assist to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace course of

RAMALLAH — Once once more, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is knocking on the Kremlin’s door to induce his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, to intervene to revive the lifeless peace course of by way of a gathering in Sochi Nov. 23.

Ahead of his journey to Moscow Nov. 22, Abbas informed the Russian company Sputnik News that he would focus on reviving the political course of with Putin and he trusts the Russian help on this framework, in gentle of Russia’s religion within the two-state resolution that enjoys worldwide legitimacy.

Abbas added that his go to to Russia stems from the truth that it is without doubt one of the worldwide Quartet committee members and a everlasting member of the UN Security Council. Russia additionally has particular relations with all regional events and important sway on them. Abbas relayed, as soon as once more, his curiosity in holding a world peace convention beneath the auspices of the worldwide Quartet committee, as per the selections of the worldwide legitimacy, and he reiterated his belief in Russian help.

He famous, “I will fill Russia in on the latest developments of the Israeli-Palestinian relations and on how to find a political solution based on decisions of international legitimacy and ways to promote bilateral relations, not to mention several regional and international issues of common interest.”

The Palestinian Authority (PA) is present process a dilemma in any respect ranges. On the one hand, it’s going through a stifling monetary disaster with no means out on the horizon in gentle of Israel’s continued deduction of clearing funds and the decline in Arab and worldwide monetary help. Its recognition has additionally dropped, in response to the most recent polls, on account of its practices, together with canceling the final elections, killing opposition chief Nizar Banat, suppressing freedoms and opposition figures, and being unable to regulate the sphere state of affairs, given the rising incidents and safety chaos.

Abbas Zaki, a member of the Fatah Central Committee, informed Al-Monitor, “Russia is our friend, and it is a great country that has a military and political role in the region. It also attributes importance to the Middle East. Therefore, this friendship requires Russia to take action and play a political role, because we are at a crossroads as we face Israeli aggression against us, US impotence and reluctance from the Western camp (European countries) in implementing its decisions.”

Zaki added, “These indicators will be raised openly with our Russian friends, especially as the Palestinian leadership is preparing a new strategy to deal with Israel. We have given our all to the peace process, but to no avail. We want to reshift focus to the Palestinian cause,” referring to the selections the PA will take after Abbas’ deadline ends.

In response as to whether approaching Russia was a prelude to knocking on the worldwide group’s doorways earlier than the tip of Abbas’ deadline, Zaki mentioned, “Israel met the president’s deadline with settlement construction, killing and destruction. Therefore, the past ways are not reliable. Israel has exploited peace to continue killing Palestinians and stealing their land, and the world must stop adopting double standards in the most complex conflict that exists.”

It appears that the PA is on the verge of its most important and necessary take a look at but, and it’s searching for as of now a means out after it dedicated itself to that in Abbas’ speech on the United Nations on Sept. 24.

The PA desires to make closing choices within the relationship with Israel inside a 12 months if Israel doesn’t withdraw from the territories it occupied in 1967, the place extra settlement tasks are being constructed. The PA is making an attempt to place stress on the related worldwide events by way of a political motion led by a number of Palestinian events.

A member of Fatah’s Revolutionary Council, Abdullah Abdullah, informed Al-Monitor, “President Abbas’ visit to Moscow is part of the political action that the PA has undertaken since President Abbas’ speech at the UN. A large delegation has been sent to a number of African countries recently. Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh and Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki toured several European countries, in addition to receiving many officials and international delegations in Ramallah,” to place the worldwide group earlier than the deadlines of the political course of.

On Sept. 24, President Abbas delivered a speech on the UN by which he gave Israel a full 12 months to withdraw from the occupied territories, and if it refuses, daring choices could be taken similar to resorting to the International Court of Justice because the supreme physique within the worldwide judiciary, to take a choice on the legitimacy of Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories, the withdrawal of the PLO’s recognition of Israel or the PLO’s abandonment of the two-state resolution, and a return to demand the implementation of the partition decision issued by the UN Security Council.

Member of the Executive Committee of the PLO Ahmed Majdalani informed Al-Monitor that President Abbas’ go to to Moscow comes at an necessary time to profit from Russia’s regional and worldwide position in worldwide politics. He famous that Abbas will suggest throughout his assembly with Putin the potential of calling for a world peace convention and opening horizons to the peace course of by way of Russia’s position within the worldwide Quartet committee.

Palestinians are banking on Russia to play an efficient position within the political course of as a result of, in response to Majdalani, “We have strong relations and friendship with Russia, and there are common points of understanding between us related to the vision of the two-state solution. Therefore, we believe that Russia will play a more effective role by virtue of its strength and influence in international relations.”

Majdalani indicated that what’s required of Russia is to play a more practical and influential position by way of the worldwide Quartet committee in order that the committee would be the driving power and caller for the International Peace Conference as a nascent framework as a substitute of the biased US sponsorship.

Since the start of the peace course of, Russia has not exercised any stress or proven nice curiosity, and it’s making an attempt to stay neutral between Israel and the PA by adhering to the resolutions of worldwide legitimacy and the imaginative and prescient of the two-state resolution by way of negotiations, all of the whereas preserving its pursuits with Israel, with out exercising any stress or taking closing choices to move the political settlement course of ahead.