Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

PLO Official Urges Need for Two-State Solution

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

PLO Official Urges Need for Two-State Solution

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Omar Faqih, counselor and deputy chief of mission at the General Delegation of the PLO to the U.S., used his Oct. 26 remarks to highlight the many obstacles to a lasting accord between Israel and Palestine.

He began by noting the many harmful and illegal actions taken by the Israeli government: the ongoing illegal occupation of Palestinian territories, the growth of illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, Israel's exploitation of Palestine's natural resources and its demolition of Palestinian homes, among other human rights violations. These actions show that Israel has no interest in a real peace process, Faqih said. This lack of goodwill only inflames the conflict and furthers the division between the two sides, he added.

Given the region's many problems, Faqih noted, little attention has been paid to the Israel-Palestine conflict as of late. …

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