U.S. mid-term elections more important than Palestinians
The following article is reprinted with permission from Ma’an News Agency, Bethlehem.
Report: Obama requested month delay for midterm elections
© Ma’an News Agency
October 10, 2010
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – Israeli TV reported Saturday evening that U.S. President Barack Obama asked Arab leaders for a month’s delay before he devotes his efforts to negotiations between Israel and the PLO.
The delay Obama requested, according to Israeli TV, was meant to give him enough time to work on midterm elections. The report said Arab leaders agreed to the delay so the status quo would continue unchanged for one month.
In Libya, President Mahmoud Abbas told leaders at an Arab League summit Saturday that the “dangerous challenge” ahead required a unified stance. Israeli violations are escalating with an intensity that has not been seen in decades, the president told leaders convened for an emergency session in Sirte, Libya.
Arab foreign ministers met on Friday and supported Abbas’ decision to withdraw from talks unless Israel stopped building settlements on Palestinian land. But they agreed to give the U.S. one month to resolve the crisis in negotiations, which reached a deadlock over Israel’s refusal to limit settlement expansion.
U.N. secretary-general Ban Ki-moon urged the Arab League to support Abbas’ stance in a message delivered at the summit by U.N. Quartet envoy Robert Serry. Ban reiterated his “disappointment” at Israel’s position, and noted that settlements violated international law and the Road Map.