The 64th UN General Assembly: Issues to Watch
Posted: September 21, 2009
Israel is committed to a negotiated resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict based on mutual recognition and a rejection of terror. Israel has made a commitment to work with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to promote improved quality-of-life in the West Bank through the removal of checkpoints, greater authority given to PA security officials, economic developments and democratic institution building and to lay the groundwork for a viable Palestinian state. Arab states and the Palestinian Authority must make bold gestures of normalization to give Israelis the confidence that they have real partners for peace, and that difficult concessions will be worthwhile and reciprocated.
The international community must continue its policy of isolating Hamas. Hamas has not met the international community's basic conditions for acceptance: recognizing Israel's right to exist; condemning the use of terrorism; recognizing past agreements between the Palestinian Authority and the State of Israel. Hamas refuses to denounce the anti-Semitism endemic in its Charter. While it has for the most part suspended the launching of rockets into Israel from Gaza, it continues to smuggle in increasingly effective arms and materiel. Hamas has attempted to position itself as moderate. Until Hamas meets the minimum standards of civilized and responsible governance - end terrorism, end rocket attacks against Israel, release Gilad Shalit and recognize Israel's right to exist, Hamas cannot be accepted by the community of nations.
The international community must demand the release of Corporal Gilad Shalit, 23, who has been held captive by Hamas since June 2006. Corporal Shalit, was kidnapped on June 25, 2006 during a cross-border attack by Hamas, and is still being held by the group somewhere in the Gaza Strip. Hamas has released little information as to his conditions.