Skip to comments.Palestinian leader rejects intl peace blueprint
Posted on 09/24/2011 10:16:41 AM PDT by Hunton Peck
UNITED NATIONS (AP) Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas strongly suggested Saturday that he would reject a peacemaking blueprint put forward by international mediators, saying he would not agree to any proposal that disregarded Palestinian conditions for the resumption of peace talks.
Abbas, who returned to the West Bank on Saturday after submitting a statehood bid at the United Nations a day earlier, told reporters accompanying him that he was still studying the proposal by the peacemaking Quartet the U.S., European Union, United Nations and Russia.
But he appeared to tip his hand by saying "we will not deal with any initiative" that doesn't demand a halt to Israeli settlement construction or negotiations based on borders before the 1967 War when Israel captured land the Palestinians claim for their state.
The Quartet statement made no such demands.
Abbas dug into his positions after resisting heavy, U.S.-led pressure to abandon his bid to have the U.N. recognize a state of Palestine in the West Bank, east Jerusalem and Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip. His willingness to stand up to Washington has won him newfound respect at home, where he had been considered a lackluster leader. The unilateral bid for statehood and U.N. membership reflects deep-seated Palestinian exasperation over 44 years of Israeli occupation.
Israel has had no comment on the Quartet plan to resume long-stalled negotiations between the Palestinians and Israel, which mediators regard as the only way to establish a Palestinian state. Israeli leader Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rejected the long-standing conditions Abbas has put forth, saying talks must go forward without imposing terms.
The Quartet urged both parties to draw up an agenda for peace talks within a month and produce comprehensive
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I think this gets worse.
I imagine Israel can’t do this, but it seems to me there are no options left but to remove all those vermin from within the borders of Israel...I wouldn’t hesitate...I’d start today...
The worst thing that could happen to the Palestinian leadership is Peace. The figured that out a long time ago and have never wavered from an approach that Israel couldn’t meet.
The Palestinians don’t really want a state - with all the messy, prosaic details of governing that having their own state would entail. Their aim is to get rid of Israel, then once that is done, they could consider becoming part of some other Arab entity, that would relieve them of the headaches of governing - such as becoming part of greater Syria, as soon as the upheaval there is settled.
Much more romantic and exciting to be a Freedom Fighter resisting oppression, than to be a government bureaucrat.
If youd like to be on or off, please FR mail me.