Skip to comments.Putin praises Palestinians’ ‘responsible’ stance in peace negotiations
Posted on 06/26/2012 5:42:59 AM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
Visiting Russian President Vladimir Putin praised his Palestinian counterpart Tuesday for what he said was a responsible position in negotiations with Israel, frozen for nearly four years, and said Russia has no problem recognizing a Palestinian state.
Mr. Putin also offered veiled criticism of Israel, saying unilateral actions an apparent reference to continued Israeli settlement expansion on war-won land is not constructive.
Mr. Putin spoke at the end of a visit to the biblical West Bank town of Bethlehem, with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas by his side. Mr. Putin inaugurated a Russian cultural and language centre in Bethlehem and toured the church built over the traditional birth grotto of Jesus.
Israeli-Palestinian talks on the terms of Palestinian statehood broke off in 2008. Repeated efforts to restart them have failed because of wide gaps between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Mr. Abbas.
Mr. Netanyahu says he is ready to resume talks any time, but refuses to halt construction in Jewish settlements on lands Israel captured in the 1967 Mideast war. Mr. Abbas says theres no point negotiating as long as Israel keeps building for Jews in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, occupied territories the Palestinians want for a state, along with the Gaza Strip. Israel has moved half a million settlers to the West Bank and east Jerusalem since the 1967 war.
We talked about ways of overcoming the dilemma of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, Mr. Putin said Tuesday. I point out here the responsible position of President Abbas and his endeavour to reach a peaceful settlement based on a two-state settlement.
I am sure that all unilateral actions are not constructive, he added.
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the traditional birth grotto of Jesus.
I must have missed that part.
Really? One word: Chechnya.
Looks like the 6th Trumpet war is just about here.
With all the power that the U. S. has, and all the power it’s old nemesis Russia still has, it is remarkable to me that the Middle-East is still where the flash-point remains.
Folks can scoff at the particulars of these prophecies all they want, but I can’t shake the realization that words written thousands of years ago, are still as accurate as if they were written last week.
I personally believe these predictions bear testimony to the accuracy of God’s word, and we take undue risk by not incorporating Biblical teachings into our comportment and belief system.
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