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China launches peace plan as Israel freezes new settlement building

By Missing Peace
Mahmoud Abbas upon arrival in Beijing (Reuters)Mahmoud Abbas upon arrival in Beijing (Reuters)

Last week we reported about China’s involvement in restarting the peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

Today The Jerusalem Post confirmed that China has presented its own peace plan. Both Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and PA leader Mahmoud Abbas are in China at the moment.

China has also offered to set up a meeting between the two leaders. This was confirmed by Israel radio last Friday.

The Chinese plan calls for “an independent Palestinian state on the 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital which is the inalienable right of the Palestinian people”.

The plan also stresses “Israel’s right to exist and that its legitimate security concerns should be fully respected”.

The Chinese proposal furthermore calls for “negotiations as the only way to peace and stresses that the two sides should follow the trend of times, pursue peace talks, show mutual understanding and accommodation and meet each other half way”.

The Chinese initiative was ridiculed by the US based news site The Jewish Press. The paper published a cartoon that showed Israeli PM Netanyahu telling the Chinese leaders that China first should respect the inalienable rights of the people of Tibet, who live under Chinese occupation.

Meanwhile in related news, the Palestinian Ma’an news agency reported that Israel has frozen new building plans in the settlements in the West Bank.

Ma’an wrote that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered a
freeze on publishing tenders for new West Bank settler homes to avoid
hampering US efforts to renew peace talks. The Ma’an report was based on Israeli army radio broadcast on Tuesday.

Israel’s Peace Now settlement watchdog also said there had not been any
tenders for new West Bank construction published since the start of the
year, according to Ma’an.