Press Release: Ashrawi laments flaws in peace process, Israeli bad faith
Dr. Ashrawi: “The built-in flaws in the Declaration of Principles and Israeli negotiations in bad faith have brought conditions to a critical phase”
On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Principles on Interim Self-Government Arrangements (DOP), PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi today held a briefing with a select group of international media correspondents and journalists at the PLO Headquarters in Ramallah.
Dr. Ashrawi stressed, “Israel’s violations, expansionism and total disregard for Palestinian rights and the requirements of peace have led to the entrenchment of the military occupation and the placing of the two-state solution in serious jeopardy.
The briefing addressed the structural and procedural flaws and shortcomings in substance and content of the DOP that have enhanced the power asymmetry between the belligerent occupier and a people under occupation and given Israel more time to act unilaterally.
The discussion also focused on the US administration’s latest illegal and unilateral measures which have disqualified it as an even-handed peace broker and clearly exposed its role as a partner in the Israeli occupation.
Dr. Ashrawi stated, “The United States administration’s reckless and spiteful political moves, including recognizing occupied Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, relocating the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, defunding Palestinian hospitals in East Jerusalem and UNRWA, redefining the status of Palestinian refugees, refusing to refer to the 1967 borders and the two-state solution, refraining from addressing the illegality of settlements, and most recently its closure of the General Delegation of the PLO in Washington D.C., all form a comprehensive and deliberate assault, not just on Palestinian rights and the components of peace, but also on the global legal and institutional system of laws and resolutions.
The Palestinian people are constantly placed on probation and subject to threats and extortion by the US while Israel is rewarded and given free license to persist in its aggression on Palestine as a whole with full impunity.”