Mideast Quartet report blames both Israelis, Palestinians for stalled peace process



The entrance to the Middle East Quartet offices in Jerusalem. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

(JNS.org) A long-awaited report released Friday by the international Middle East Quartet—the United States, Russia, the European Union, and the United Nations—blames both the Israelis and Palestinians for the ongoing impasse in the peace process.

The report said that “continuing violence, recent acts of terrorism against Israelis, and incitement to violence are fundamentally incompatible with advancing a peaceful two-state solution and are greatly exacerbating mistrust between the communities.”

Additionally, the report slammed the Palestinians for publicly glorifying terrorists as “heroic martyrs.”

“Palestinian leaders have not consistently and clearly condemned specific terrorist attacks. And streets, squares, and schools have been named after Palestinians who have committed acts of terrorism,” said the report.

Meanwhile, the report also took Israel to task for its construction of Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria, stating, “The continuing policy of settlement construction and expansion, designation of land for exclusive Israeli use, and denial of Palestinian development is steadily eroding the viability of the two-state solution.”

Israeli Ambassador to the U.N. Danny Danon said the report provided “conclusive proof” of Palestinian Authority (PA) incitement against Israel.

“The report highlights the murderous results of the murderous lies spread by the Palestinian Authority,” Danon said. 

“Today a father was murdered in front of his children and the PA continues with its incitement to hatred and violence,” he added, referring to Friday’s terror attack that killed 48-year-old Rabbi Michael Mark along Highway 60 in Judea and Samaria.

Danon also said that Israel “will not apologize for building in our eternal capital of Jerusalem.”

Posted on July 1, 2016 .