B’nai B’rith International is outraged over Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ application to join 15 United Nations conventions and treaties, a move that demonstrates a lack of commitment to bilateral peace talks and could effectively end direct negotiations with Israel.
“The Palestinians are showing a continued, blatant disregard for the peace process by seeking to bypass direct negotiations with Israel,” B’nai B’rith International President Allan J. Jacobs said. “This is merely a continuation of the Palestinians’ strategy of leveraging support from countries that have blindly embraced their positions at the United Nations.”
With the window for peace talks set to close on April 29 and the United States ardently trying to secure an extension until 2015, Abbas surprised both the United States and Israel with an irresponsible maneuver that seeks to further internationalize the conflict.
B’nai B’rith has continually maintained that peace can only come from direct negotiations between the two parties.
“Efforts such as this only further inflict damage on the peace process and raise questions about the sincerity of Palestinian intentions,” B’nai B’rith International Executive Vice President Daniel S. Mariaschin said. “Despite all of the efforts of the United States and Israel to move the peace process forward, the Palestinians have refused to make any meaningful concessions during the last eight months and now they seek to completely marginalize Israel from the process. This move is antithetical to the goal of finding a peaceful resolution to the conflict.”