And so it begins....
At the Paris Conference of the UN on Sunday 15th January, the terms that will be demanded by the delegates include :
- It makes a clear commitment to “two states, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security
- It insists that there must be an end to “the occupation that began in 1967”.
- It calls on Israeli and Palestinian leaders to publicly renew their commitment to a two state solution.
- It also calls on Israeli and Palestinian leaders to publicly renounce any of their officials that do not support a two state solution.
- It states that the 70 nations gathered in Paris only recognize the June 4th, 1967 borders, and that the only future changes to those borders they will recognize will come as the result of negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians. And just like UN Security Council Resolution 2334, Jerusalem is specifically mentioned. So according to this document, Israel does not own the Wailing Wall, the Temple Mount, a single inch of the West Bank or a single inch of East Jerusalem.
- The summary statement will also call on all countries to clearly distinguish between the State of Israel and territories that would belong to the Palestinians based upon the 1967 borders in all of their dealings.
Note: the parsha will be Shemot. In this parsha the children of Israel multiply in Egypt. Threatened by their growing numbers, Pharaoh enslaves them and orders the Hebrew midwives, Shifrah and Puah, to kill all male babies at birth. When they do not comply, he commands his people to cast the Hebrew babies into the Nile.....G‑d appears to Moses in a burning bush at the foot of Mount Sinai, and instructs him to go to Pharaoh and demand: “Let My people go, so that they may serve Me.” .....Moses’ brother, Aaron, is appointed to serve as his spokesman. In Egypt, Moses and Aaron assemble the elders of Israel to tell them that the time of their redemption has come. The people believe; but Pharaoh refuses to let them go, and even intensifies the suffering of Israel....Moses returns to G‑d to protest: “Why have You done evil to this people? G‑d promises that the redemption is close at hand.