Israel basically told Secretary of State John Kerry to play the game on its behalf and he carried out his mission successfully.
Perhaps one of the most important reasons, however, for holding the conference only a few days before the inauguration of President-elect Trump was to send a message to the new administration about the worldwide consensus regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, hoping to prevent Trump from taking any measure that might threaten the prospect of a two-state solution. The Vatican recognized the state of Palestine about a year and a half ago.
Earlier on Wednesday, Nikki Haley, nominated to be the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, told senators she supports Trump's plan to move the USA embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. Two of our Covenant Journey alumni were in Paris yesterday at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where they prayed for the protection of Israel.
Though the final declaration made reference to the United Nations resolution 2334, it amended the language of the resolution which declared Israeli settlements to be "illegal".
Duda, who arrived in Israel on Tuesday, where he met officials before travelling to Bethlehem, said he hoped the USA would take a balanced position and play a prominent role in solving the conflict.
In this context, an opinion piece in The Washington Post last week by Dennis Ross and Stuart Eizenstat clarifies much about the broad attitudes of the USA government vis-à-vis this conflict, and in particular it helps us understand why the United States has been unable to achieve any significant progress in the Palestinian-Israeli negotiations it has mediated for nearly 25 years now.
"It was important for us to send a signal - a wake-up call - that this moment may be passing", Obama said at his final press conference as president on Wednesday.
Worldwide community representing about 75 countries and organizations gathered on Sunday (15 January) to affirm their position on peace talks between the Palestinians and the Israelis, only a few days before US President-elect Donald Trump takes office. At the rate the settlement activity is preceding there will be no scope for a viable Palestinian state.
For nearly as long, American presidents have been warning the Israelis not to build settlements on occupied lands. This single act may be the silver bullet to save the two-state solution.
Fourth, the conferees call for " ending the occupation...satisfy Israel's security need, and resolve all permanent status issues on the basis of [UNSC] Resolutions 242 (1967) and 338 (1973)..."
"We talked at length about the peace process and stressed the importance of fighting terrorism and extremism throughout the world", Abbas said.
American silence on settlements would force the Israeli prime minister to choose between his own understanding that building outside the blocs will, in time, turn Israel into a state that loses its Jewish character and becomes binational, or stopping such building and facing the wrath of many within his own political base. In fact, in the fall of 2015, after the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action nuclear agreement with Iran was concluded but before it was approved by the U.S. Congress, there were strong indications that the Obama administration was willing to increase this annual level to $4.5 billion.
While campaigning for the presidency, Trump pledged to switch the embassy from Tel Aviv, where it has been located for 68 years, to Jerusalem.
During a confirmation hearing that lasted almost three-and-a-half hours, Haley took a tougher stance against Russian Federation than Trump, who will be sworn in Friday, and agreed with a Republican senator who said Syria is committing genocide against its people.