…three principles set out by the Middle East Quartet (the UN, EU, Russia and the US – a group established in 2002), which are:
a Palestinian state must recognise the state of Israel without prejudging what various grievances or claims are appropriate;
abide by previous diplomatic agreements; and
renounce violence as a means to achieve goals.
It is important to note that Israel has not adopted or accepted the mirror image of these principles; it does not formally recognise the de facto Palestinian state; it does not abide by its agreements signed with the Palestinians, notably Oslo; and it certainly does not renounce violence as a means to achieve its goals.
Professor Kamel Hawwash; Waleed Shaath is the two millionth reason for ending the siege on Gaza