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Jimmy Carter’s Plea To President Obama

Former President Carter asked Obama to take a big step in the Middle East

Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter has called on president Obama to recognize the State of Palestine before he leaves office in January. Carter, an essential player in the peace negotiations between Egypt and Israel at Camp David, and a big supporter of Palestinians’ rights and the two-state solution, has praised Obama’s administration for supporting negotiations in trying to find an end to the conflict based on a peaceful coexistence. Yet, with Donald Trump taking over the country starting next year, it is unknown what the future role of the U.S. will be in the Palestine-Israel conflict and what the future will be for this protracted conflict. As Newsweek stated, Israeli ministers have suggested that Trump’s administration will represent a huge blow against their Palestinians and any chance of hope. As the leader of the right-wing Jewish Home party, Naftali Bennett, claimed:

“a Trump presidency allows Israel to fully dismiss the notion of a Palestinian state. “This is the position of the President-elect, as written in his platform, and it should be our policy, plain and simple. The era of a Palestinian state is over.”

 As a result, Carter declared according to CNN:

“I am convinced that the United States can still shape the future of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict before a change in presidents, but time is very short. The simple but vital step this administration must take before its term expires on Jan. 20 is to grant American diplomatic recognition to the state of Palestine.”

During the presidential campaigns, president-elect Trump declared he would move the U.S. Embassy from Tel-Aviv into Jerusalem and spoke in favor of the illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Until now, 137 countries have recognized the State of Palestine in the United Nations, except for Israel, the U.S. and a dozen more which believe the recognition must come between Israel and Palestine. However, the former president believes that only recognition will help in future diplomatic efforts to reach a peace agreement, and that without this, the prospect for peace will fade away.

“38 years after Camp David, the commitment to peace is in danger of abrogation. Israel is building more and more settlements, displacing Palestinians and entrenching its occupation of Palestinian lands… This process is hastening a one-state reality that could destroy Israeli democracy and will result in intensifying international condemnation of Israel… I am certain that United States recognition of a Palestinian state would make it easier for other countries that have not recognized Palestine to do so, and would clear the way for a Security Council resolution on the future of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”

Carter has also called for the UN Security Council to pass a resolution in which the parameters to solve the conflict are laid out. Among these there should be the 1967 borders, the right of both state to exist and live in peace and security, and possibly even a UN peacekeeping operation. Only this, according to the ex president, will demonstrate that human rights and the Geneva Conventions apply to every single party in all conflicts around the world. In addition, the U.S. recognition of Palestine will be a huge step for future international diplomacy.

“I fear for the spirit of Camp David. We must not squander this chance.”

Among Trump’s most dangerous foreign policy ideas, the one concerning Israel and Palestine is one of the top. A frozen conflict that continues laying the ground for the entire Middle East region and a conflict in which the U.S. has a major role to play, could take enormous steps back if Donald Trump fulfills his campaign promises.

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From Mexico City, Carolina has lived in five different countries, experiences she defines as the most enriching. She has focused her studies and work on international conflicts and international security issues, diplomacy and protocol. Carolina holds two MA degrees and hopes to begin her PhD studies soon.
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