A report, “Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds,” is said to have predicted that unofficial actions might well lead toward a Palestinian state with key issues, such as the status of Jerusalem, remaining unresolved. The report has been issued by the National Intelligence Council, an analytical arm of the US government’s Office of the Director of National Intelligence. A direct quotation was sought but downloading this 20MB pdf proved so time-consuming that the attempt was given up for the time being.
European Union criticised
The Jerusalem Post reported that Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu had ‘a jab’ at various EU countries for having called on Israeli ambassadors to protest the E-1 building plan. He appears to be uneasy at the prospect of a politically unified Palestine and is reported as saying that there was no EU ‘outrage’ that Abbas continues to pursue reconciliation with Hamas.
We have to choose between Mashaal and Abbas
A more subtly worded support for his position came from President Shimon Peres, speaking at the GlobesIsrael Business Conference, who disagreed with his attitude, citing Abbas’ declarations of peace and support for a two-state solution:
“Israel faces a choice between Gaza and the West Bank, between Hamas and President Abbas. The alternative to Hamas is Abbas. We have two clear choices, nobody is perfect – but one is right and the other is wrong. We have to choose between Mashaal and Abbas”.
Isn’t this the age-old divide and rule tactic?
Various Israeli moves since the UN recognition of Palestine may now – leaders warn – be the subject of resolutions censuring Israel in the UN Security Council or complaints at the International Criminal Court.