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