In this week’s edition of The Jerusalem Report, we take a look at what’s coming up in the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, how the new Israeli-backed Israeli government is handling some of the key issues on the table, and what happens if Israel and the Palestinians don’t reach an agreement in time.
What is the upcoming Israeli-Palestine peace talks?
The Israeli-Arab peace talks are underway.
On Monday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and his Israeli counterpart, Avigdor Lieberman, met in Jerusalem, with the two leaders hoping to conclude the historic Oslo Accords by the end of the year.
At the same time, the Israeli government announced that a series of ministerial and other administrative measures were announced to try to end the impasse and allow peace talks to proceed.
On Tuesday, the Palestinian Authority issued a draft law that would establish a commission to oversee the implementation of the accords.
In response, the United Nations announced a meeting in Geneva to discuss the draft.
The next day, President Abbas met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who told Abbas he has “no intention” of negotiating with Israel.
What’s going on?
The current round of talks began on April 25, after the Oslo Accord ended in December 1995, and lasted about a year.
The talks were meant to bring about a two-state solution to the conflict, with Israel as the final, sovereign state in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, and a Palestinian state in East Jerusalem.
The two sides agreed to stop fighting and move to negotiations after a year, and there were several rounds of peace talks between them.
They started in the early 2000s, and the talks have continued since.
But after the Palestinian-Israeli peace talks collapsed in 2005, Israel unilaterally annexed the West of the Westbank in a move that has not been recognized internationally and is considered illegal under international law.
The latest round of negotiations, which started in July 2018, is meant to resolve some of those issues and is the first since the talks ended in the summer of 2018.
What are the latest developments in the peace talks and what are the chances of reaching an agreement?
Israel and Palestinian negotiators have been meeting for more than a year to try and reach an end to the Israeli occupation of the territories, and to establish a Palestinian national state.
Israel’s position on the two-State solution has remained unchanged for the past several years, and it has maintained its right to build settlements in the occupied territories.
In recent years, the peace process has also seen some progress, as the Palestinians have been willing to make concessions to Israel to address some of its issues.
In addition, the Palestinians want the status quo on the West bank to be maintained, but with an end of Israeli military control over Palestinian cities.
However, Israel’s security barrier is still in place and Palestinians still live under a “constant barrage” of Israeli artillery and missiles, and security in the areas remains tight.
The Israeli government also refuses to allow the Palestinian factions in the Gaza strip to negotiate with Israel, and has continued to isolate the Palestinian authority.
What does the peace deal look like?
The final text of the Oslo agreement calls for a permanent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.
Israel and Jordan have the final say on the final status of the occupied West Bank, while the Palestinian side has the right to decide how to divide Jerusalem and the WestBank, which Palestinians see as their capital.
In exchange for the right of return, Palestinians will have the right “to return to their homes and villages” in the area they were born in and to live in the same way as other Israelis.
What if there are no negotiations?
The Palestinian Authority has said that there is a chance of reaching a comprehensive agreement with Israel but that it would be hard to get it through the current round.
The Palestinian leader said the peace plan has been negotiated, and that the negotiations have been “very fruitful” so far.
However a spokesman for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told Reuters news agency that the talks are “not fruitful.”
What are some of these key issues?
The first of the major issues is Jerusalem.
Abbas and Lieberman are pushing for a return to the 1967 lines, a “buffer zone” that will keep the Israeli settlements in place but allow for Israeli settlers to move into the West Wall area, the eastern section of the city.
However Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu said the current plan will not include the buffer zone, which he said would require “huge compromises.”
In a statement, the American government has also said it will not support the new peace plan, but the United States and the European Union are still discussing the potential benefits of a new agreement.
How will the Palestinian statehood deal affect the current conflict?
Abbas has long said that a Palestinian-Jewish state with Jerusalem as the capital would be an end in itself, but has said he will accept a two state solution if Israel allows the return of the Palestinian refugees.
However the Palestinians will be