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October 11, 2013 3:15 pm

Peace Talks Hit Another Snag: Abbas Says No Compromise on ’67 Lines, Jerusalem

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President Barack Obama meets with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in the Oval Office in 2009. Photo: White House.

Mahmoud Abbas said in an interview Thursday that the Palestinian Authority would not compromise on its demand for Israel to return to the 1967 armistice lines to make way for a Palestinian state, the official Wafa news agency reported on Friday.

In remarks made during an interview broadcast on Palestine Satellite channel and al-Falastiniya Satellite Channel, Abbas added that “there is no peace without Jerusalem as the capital for the state of Palestine.”

Abbas claimed that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s failure to endorse a State of Palestine on the 1967 lines, as well as his insistence on Jerusalem remaining the capital of Israel, indicates Netanyahu’s hostility toward negotiations with the Palestinians.

On Wednesday, an official from the PLO cast doubt over the peace talks that resumed in July under a veil of secrecy, saying that the PLO is “seriously considering” declaring them a failure.

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  • Dav

    Let the palestinians declare it a failure and israel should make them realise the reality of failing to come to an agreement. The world’s funds have been wasted and exploited by the PLO. Isolate them let them do what they want and protect israel at all costs.

    Mutual benefit of peace, respect of other human beings, respect of other religions, respect of other traditions is a waste of time with the palestinians. Those ideas may be present and an aim of the west but that does not cross in to the PLO and palestinians.

  • Sandy Brown

    We have lots of probs here in the UK with Muslims. They want to have Sharia Law installed here. I always say if you want that then go to the Middle East and do it there. I cannot see peace coming soon in Israel. The Palestinians just will not give up their hatred, revenge and venom.

  • June Grant

    Why should Abbas and the PA give up their maximal demands that Israel return to the 1967 armistice (Auschwitz)lines?
    And why should the 8 million Israelis living in this tiny strip of land not welcome the influx of some million so-called refugees, who have spent decades of their lives and those of their offspring in hostile conditions in Arab lands without the benefit of citizenship?
    The reason for Abbas’ confidence is that, although Israel has succeeded by armed force, time and again, in fending off those intent on its destruction, the Arabs have won the hearts and minds of useful idiots across the globe by propaganda, unfortunately too readily accepted, by the media, the campuses of universities, and shockingly, in some of the universal charitable organizations.
    The PA’s cause is helped by encouragement of the possibly naive incumbent of the White House. In all honesty, he should return his Nobel Peace Prize, especially as it was awarded, rather unusually, in advance of any achievements in the field.
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  • Joel Keller

    If there was ever a “people” that less deserved a state of their own than the “Palestinians,” I’d like to know who that “people” would be?

  • Beatrix17

    I’m an American Jew who supports Israel and wants peace with Palestine. Israel will never be accepted in the Mideast or perhaps in the rest of the world until she has peace. The propaganda against Israel is terrible. No nation should have to live with so much hate.

    My suggestion is two states. The Palestinians get the Left Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem. (Olmert gave up East Jerusalem; Barak gave up part of East Jerusalem). The Jews keep the two largest settlements contiguous to Israel and part of a third, and give the Palestinians Israeli land equal to the land they are keeping. The other settlers can make arrangements with the Palestinians to stay, or they can return to Israel. If they give up property, the Israeli government should compensate them.

    “The Right of Return,” is absurd, Even an adult who was 21 in 1948 would be 86 today, not anxious to move to a strange and unfamiliar land, which Israel would be. Most would be 90s, 100s or dead. A baby, who’d remember nothing, would be at least 65. Olmert offered homes to 5-15,000 Palestinians. Netanyahu can name his own figure.

    Those who can prove they lost property would get compensation. At this late date, no one can prove if they left voluntarily or not.

    Israel retains some of the Jordan Valley for security reasons, with release to the Palestinians in the future if safety is no longer a concern.

    • Sonia Willats

      Beatrix, it is good to talk peace, even with an enemy, if they sincerely desire it. Abbas does not. He is chalking up concessions on a score-board. Whatever fragment of land Israel was to retain is too much for him. Even now, whilst talking peace, he praises attacks and murder of Jews.

      If you are a Jew you believe in Tnach. What about the covenant of G-d with Abraham, what about the cave of Machpelah in Hevron, what about all of biblical heartland AND WHAT ABOUT JERUSALEM??

      I used to believe world media that the “settlers” were trouble makers. I have come to see they are courageous people of faith. We see in Tnach the final battle will be over JERUSALEM. There can be no compromise on Jerusalem.

    • Eve

      Nice. Now convince the Palestinian side.

  • Fred

    I must say that Arab propaganda compares favourable with
    Hitler propaganda all you need is the Stuermer and it would be the same people in different costumes. What happened to the smart Jew why are our propaganda offensive so defensive .

  • Fred

    On must beware of Obama sympathy to the Arab cause, after all he consider all murderous terror acts a
    prank gone wrong. Do not trust the USA this time we may have another Chamberlain.

  • Efram Paul

    I am sure that Abbas will stick to his original game plan. He will make noise and threats. As soon as Israel releases the last of the murderers, THEN he will call the talks a failure. That has been his plan from the beginning.

  • Yoel Nitzarim

    I agree 100% with Mahmoud Abbas: Israel must never return to the 1967 lines; furthermore, Jerusalem must remain the undivided capital of the Jewish State of Israel. Isn’t it a wonder how two people can view the same solution with diametrically opposed certainty! Mr. Abbas, you are the ultimate freedom fighter! Your demands for the imminent dissolution for the Jewish State of Israel must remain unequivocally unanswered by Israel, the rational “Zionist entity,” and surely affirmatively answered by the Muslim Brotherhood’s affable supporter and sponsor in the White House.

  • vivarto

    “On Wednesday, an official from the PLO cast doubt over the peace talks that resumed in July under a veil of secrecy, saying that the PLO is “seriously considering” declaring them a failure.”

    Yes, dear PLO, please declare them a failure.
    I will have to honor you for that grain of honesty, which is more than our idiot P.M. has.

  • vivarto

    It is a disgrace that a Prime Minister of Israel would talk with the terrorist Holocaust denier, Abbas. And that he would shake hands with that pig!
    DISGRACE

    At the same time I must admit that I am grateful to the palestoid pseudo-president for making the “peace” agreement impossible. The idiot Bibi, would otherwise sign off Judea and Samaria to the parasites.

  • Mel

    The ingredient list for Palestine never included Israel. The Palestinian’s recipe allows no Peace with Israel. Their formulary has always required the end of Israel.

    Like his predecessor, Yessir Arabfat, Madman AbAss defines why the circumcision of Muslim boys must forever cease:
    Too Much Brain Damage!!

  • aall55

    The PA demands belong to la-la land.

  • HaroldT

    It is incredible that the Israeli’s ,with all their brilliance are so arrogantly stupid when it comes to propaganda.
    Why do they not take up issue re Abbas’s intransigence and call the talks a failure and emphasize blame on the “Palestinians”

  • Chaim

    “Abbas claimed that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s failure to endorse a State of Palestine on the 1967 lines, as well as his insistence on Jerusalem remaining the capital of Israel, indicates Netanyahu’s hostility toward negotiations with the Palestinians.”

    Perhaps it indicated Abbas’s hostility towards negotiations with the Israelis and his refusal to recognize Israel’s right to exist as a homeland for the Jews.

  • Steven

    What was the point of the wars we fought and died in – and won?

  • Steve Marks

    We have nothing to talk about with Arabs. Jerusalem cannot fall back into Arab hands. Israel should take back the Temple Mount and send Arab back to school. Jerusalem is off the table mahmoud

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