Abbas is our only hope. Bibi is more and more looking like he is ready to cave, if not to all the demands, but to most of them. His failure to act leaves Israel as sitting ducks. We must abandon the TSS and annex Area C. Ted Belman
Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, who is often touted by the West as a “moderate peace partner”, has once again indicated that he is willing to resume negotiations with Israel – but not give up on even one of his never-ending preconditions.
In an interview with the pan-Arab Al-Hayat newspaper which was published on Saturday, Abbas expressed hope that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who has been pushing the sides to return to the negotiating table, will make another visit to the region soon.
The negotiations, he stressed, will be a starting point, and “while we may not get everything, we will fight to realize our national aspirations, especially the issue of Al-Quds (the Arab name for Jerusalem), which is an issue on which we will not give up, because if it is not the capital of the State of Palestine, there will be no solution.”
Abbas rejected the claims that the Palestinian Authority has made any concessions to Kerry.
“Show me one concession we made,” he said, adding, “When we present the demand for a Palestinian state on 1967 borders, it is not a condition. This issue appears in all the UN documents.”
“We consider any settlement after 1967 illegal based on 13 Security Council resolutions condemning settlement, and which consider it illegal,” declared Abbas. “In addition, U.S. President Barack Obama opposed the settlements and even any natural growth in them.”
Abbas has insisted that Israel recognize the 1949 Armistice Line as a designated border for any future PA state. Israel refuses, as the pre-1967 borders are indefensible and withdrawing back to these borders would guarantee its destruction.
The demand that Israel recognize these indefensible borders as a designated border for a Palestinian state is just one in a long line of preconditions that Abbas has imposed on negotiations. He has also demanded that Israel release terrorists jailed before the 1993 Oslo Accords and that it freeze all Jewish construction in Judea, Samaria and eastern Jerusalem.
In the Al-Hayat interview, Abbas voiced unequivocal opposition to any armed struggle against Israel, saying, “I will not wave the flag of an (armed struggle) and destroy my country as a result. I will not have a missile will be fired from our territory so that the (Israelis) will react and destroy our territory. We tried it in the second intifada, which led to destruction, and in 2007 and 2009, and the result was that Egypt sponsored a peaceful agreement between Hamas and Israel, which sees armed operations as hostilities. Our way is the way of a popular resistance in peaceful ways.”