Former US President Jimmy Carter calls on Obama to recognise Palestine before leaving office
Former Us President Jimmy Carter called on outgoing President Barack Obama to recognise Palestine as a state before he leaves office.
Carter in a New York Times op-ed on Monday, called on Obama to join 137 other nations in granting Palestine diplomatic recognition before he leaves office.
Carter’s call has come at a time when Barack Obama has left only 52 days in Oval Office. He said that there is ambiguity about what would be the President-elect Donald Trump’s policy toward Palestine and Israel.
“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, as 137 countries have already done, and help it achieve full United Nations membership,” Carter said in The New York Times.
In 2011, Obama had made it clear that “the borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines,” and added, “negotiations should result in two states, with permanent Palestinian borders with Israel, Jordan and Egypt, and permanent Israeli borders with Palestine.”
Carter said that today 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. Over 4.5 million Palestinians live in these occupied territories, but are not citizens of Israel. Most live largely under Israeli military rule, and do not vote in Israel’s national elections,” Carter wrote in his op-ed.
He said US recognition of the Palestinian state would help reverse the one-state reality Israel is imposing on itself and the Palestinian people.
Trump last week said he would love to broker a peace agreement between Israelis and Palestinians.It was reported that he will seek the help of his Jewish son-in-law Jared Kushner to restart the negotiations.