Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Jimmy Carter:US Can Recognize Palestinian State; Pres. Obama Must Do So to Achieve Mideast Peace

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, in a New York Times op-ed yesterday, called on President Barack Obama to recognize a Palestinian state before he leaves office on January 20, the Jerusalem Post website reports today (November 29, 2016).

"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," Carter wrote.

"The simple but vital step this administration must take before its term expires on January 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," he wrote.

Carter added, "Such a resolution should include security guarantees for both Israel and a Palestinian state... and a possible peacekeeping force under the auspices of the United Nations."

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