Tuesday, December 11, 2018

British Foreign Minister attempts to draw “red lines” in US-proposed Israel-Palestine peace plan


By Naomi Kundera - June 19, 2018
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British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson called for a meeting with US President Senior Advisor Jared Kushner and international leaders to discuss “red lines” in an Israeli-Palestinian peace plan.

According to Israeli Channel 10, Johnson, reached out to President Trump’s son-in-law Kushner, in regards to an upcoming US proposal of a Middle East peace program.
 
The meeting, expected to take place in July, will gather foreign ministers from European and Arab countries to lay out their expectations of the US peace proposal.
 
This comes as a US “peace team” - which includes Kushner and Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt - is set to visit Israel, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia next week.
 
A National Security Council spokesperson has said that during these visits, leaders will “discuss the situation in Gaza and ... the next stages of the peace effort, as well as get some ideas from players in the region about some remaining questions the White House peace team has."
 
The Kushner-Greenblatt “peace team” will not be meeting any Palestinian official.
 
The Palestinian Authority will continue its diplomatic boycott of a Trump-led White House after the US embassy move to Jerusalem is believed to have disqualified the US from mediating the conflict with Israel.
 
The White House has stated, however, that the two are “ready” for a meeting with the Palestinian Authority, should they request one.
 
Earlier this year, Foreign Minister Johnson recognized Trump’s decision to move the embassy and exalted it as a “moment of opportunity” for peace.
 
This declaration goes against the official view of the British government, and most capitals around the world, as condemnation of the embassy move was widespread.
 
British Labour member Chris Byrant told the Independent in January that, “Boris Johnson seems to be making policy up on the hoof, which is only going to make it harder to achieve a two-state solution.”
 
But many contradictions have been coming out of London regarding an Israeli-Palestinian peace process, including the UK’s use of the new US embassy just a week after boycotting the office’s opening.
 
The inconsistent policies emanating out of the UK paints an ambiguous picture of what Johnson means by drawing “red lines” for Trump’s peace proposal.
 
Despite this call for a meeting, Kushner made it clear that it will ultimately be up to Trump alone to decide what the proposal will look like.

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