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Who else should be at the center of Middle East diplomacy?


The United Nations should be the nucleus of a new diplomatic process. Because the UN created the State of Israel, because Israel's occupation of the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem violates numerous UN resolutions, and fundamentally because the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has global significance, the diplomacy should be based there. UN resolutions set the terms of what UN-led diplomacy would look like: an international peace conference under the auspices of the Security Council and involving all the parties to the conflict, leading to an end to occupation of the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem and creation of an independent Palestinian state. Specific issues to be resolved would include an end to house demolitions, curfews, closures, seizure of water resources and other practices under occupation; abolition of settlements; recognition of the right of return for Palestinian refugees; security guarantees for both Israelis and Palestinians to live without fear of violent attacks.


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