Motion for a resolution - B7-0530/2011Motion for a resolution

    MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION on the situation in Palestine


    to wind up the debate on the statement by the Vice-President of the Commission/High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
    pursuant to Rule 110(2) of the Rules of Procedure

    Charles Tannock, Ryszard Antoni Legutko, Geoffrey Van Orden, Ryszard Czarnecki, Tomasz Piotr Poręba, Peter van Dalen, Marek Henryk Migalski, Michał Tomasz Kamiński, Adam Bielan on behalf of the ECR Group

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    European Parliament resolution on the situation in Palestine

    The European Parliament,

    –   having regard to its previous resolutions on the Middle East,

    –   having regard to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,

    –   having regard to the HR/VP’s visit in Israel and the Palestinian territories on 27‑29 August 2011,

    –   having regard to Council conclusions on Middle East Peace Process adopted on 18 July 2011,

    –   having regard to Rule 110(2) of its Rules of Procedure,

    A. whereas direct negotiations between Israel and Palestine broke down in September 2010 and have not been resumed to date, despite numerous proposals made by the Quartet and Israel;

    B.  whereas Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority, filed a bid for UN membership for a state of Palestine to the United Nations Security Council;

    C. whereas the decision of Mr Abbas created a rift with Hamas, which was not consulted on this move and has banned public demonstrations in Gaza to support it;

    D. whereas the Palestine Liberation Organization has held observer status at the UN since 1974;

    E.  whereas internationally accepted frameworks for Middle East peace, such as UN Security Council Resolutions 242, 338, 1850, the Roadmap, call for a mutually – negotiated resolution of the conflict and reject any unilateral actions;

    F.  whereas Israel continues its settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem;

    G. whereas the ‘Arab Spring’ and changes it brought in countries around Israel made it even more urgent to find a solution to the Israeli – Palestinian conflict; whereas the Prime Minister of Egypt said that his country’s peace treaty with Israel was ‘not sacred’ and was always open to discussion or change;

    H. whereas Fatah and Hamas, two rivalling Palestinian factions, signed the reconciliation agreement, which provides for the creation of a joint caretaker Palestinian government ahead of national elections in 2012;

    I.   whereas Hamas is included in the EU’s list of terrorist organisations, continuously rejecting the three Quartet Principles: recognition of Israel’s right to exist, acceptance of existing PA’s international obligations and denouncing violence;

    J.   whereas Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli Prime Minister, has called for return to direct talks without any preconditions;

    K. whereas Palestine is largely dependent on international financial aid, mainly from the EU and the US, as well as Israel, which provides it with water, electricity and assistance in collecting taxes;

    L.  whereas the European Union is the biggest donor of financial assistance to the Palestinians, including the Palestinian refugees;

    M. whereas the 27 countries of the European Union have withheld their position on a resolution that may come before the General Assembly in order to exert as much pressure as possible on both sides to return to negotiations;

    1.  Reiterates its support for a two-State solution, agreed on and honoured by the Israelis and the Palestinians and based on 1967 borders with agreed land for peace swaps, which should be achieved through direct negotiations and not through unilateral steps;

    2.  Calls on both sides to resume direct talks without any preconditions, so that lasting resolution can be found; firmly believes that the only way to achieve a true and sustainable peace is through negotiations;

    3.  Stresses that potential resolution reached in the UN will not change the situation on the ground, and that numerous outstanding issues, such as question of borders, refugees, the status of Jerusalem, and water will still have to be resolved in direct talks between the Palestine and Israel;

    4.  Calls on the Quartet to effectively use the time between filing the Palestinian membership request and actual vote in the Security Council to convince both sides to resume direct talks; in this regard, stresses the central role of the Quartet in creating a credible perspective for re-launching of the peace process;

    5.  Notes the talks and cooperation between Fatah and Hamas and hopes that the two Palestinian factions can move forward in a democratic, peaceful and non- violent way which is conducive to a peaceful outcome on both sides; in this regard calls upon the joint caretaker Palestinian government, as soon as it is constituted, to accept and act in accordance with the Quartet principles;

    6.  Notes the fact that unless Hamas denounces violence and accepts the Quartet principles, it will remain on the EU’s list of banned terrorist organizations, therefore making EU’s cooperation with the new Palestinian government difficult;

    7.  States that as long as the violence, conflicts, lack of cooperation and poor economic circumstances persist, a generation of young people, both Israelis and Palestinians, will become adults of the region who have never lived in peaceful times, which in turn will have a detrimental impact on Israel and Palestine, the Middle East and Europe;

    8.  Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission, the Vice-President of the Commission/High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, the Member States, the governments and parliaments of the Member States, the UN Secretary-General, the Quartet, the Quartet envoy to the Middle East, the Euro-Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly, the Israeli Government and Parliament, the President of the Palestinian Authority, and the Palestinian Legislative Council.