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‘Not a Single Israeli’ Would Populate Future Palestinian State, Says Abbas

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Mahmoud Abbas. Photo: Olivier Pacteau.

JNS.org While Israeli-Palestinian conflict negotiations began in Washington, DC, on Monday, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, speaking in Cairo, ruled out the “presence of a single Israeli” in a future Palestinian state.

“In a final resolution, we would not see the presence of a single Israeli—civilian or soldier—on our lands,” Abbas said in a press briefing, according to Israel Hayom.

Rather than an Israeli military presence in a Palestinian state, Abbas said the Palestinians supported an “international, multinational presence like in Sinai, Lebanon and Syria,” referring to United Nations peacekeeping forces. But Israel has said it wants to maintain a military presence in the Jordan Valley following the establishment of a Palestinian state, to prevent the influx of weapons that could be used against Israel.

Regarding Israeli-Palestinian territorial disputes, Abbas said the Palestinians have “already made all the necessary concessions.” He said eastern Jerusalem is “the capital of the state of Palestine… if there were and must be some kind of small exchange [of land’ equal in size and value, we are ready to discuss this—no more, no less.”

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