A Palestinian and an Israeli Perspective on Troubled Peace Process
The United Nations raised the Palestinian flag at its headquarters this week. Many observers called the move only symbolic. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas later addressed the UN General Assembly and declared that the PA was no longer beholden to signed agreements, such as the 1993 Oslo Peace accords, as long as Israel “refuses to cease settlement activities and to release...Palestinian prisoners in accordance with our agreements.” In response, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office issued a statement saying “We expect and call on the [Palestinian] Authority and its leader to act responsibly and accede to the proposal of the Prime Minister of Israel and enter into direct negotiations...without preconditions." We’ll talk about the troubled Middle East Peace process with Dr. Manuel Hassassian, the PA’s envoy to the United Kingdom and Roey Gilad, Consul General of Israel to the Midwest.
PHOTO: People photograph the Palestinian flag as it flies for the first time at U.N. headquarters, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)