'Moderate' Abu Bluff accuses Israel of 'judaizing' Jerusalem
In a speech to an Arab League meeting in Qatar on Tuesday, 'moderate' 'Palestinian' President
“The Israeli occupation is systematically and continuously working toward Judaizing east Jerusalem,” Abbas told the Arab heads of state.
He said that Israel was also seeking to change the character of the city and expel it Palestinian residents and assault Islamic and Christian holy sites.
Abbas urged the Arabs and Muslims to go to the United Nations and other international organizations to stop Israel from pursuing its “destructive scheme.”
Abbas also sought the help of the Arab and Islamic countries in putting pressure on Israel to release Palestinian prisoners, whom he described as “brave.”
He claimed that the prisoners were being subjected to “grave violations.”
Abbas hailed Qatar’s announcement that it would establish a special fund for Jerusalem with a $1 billion budget to support the Arab residents of the city and foil Israel’s attempts to “Judaize” east Jerusalem.I don't know how we could possibly more 'Judaize' a city that has been the capital of the Jewish people for more than 3,000 years.
But as it happens, under Israeli control, all of the religions have access to their major holy sites, something that was not the case when the Arab Muslims controlled Jerusalem from 1948-67.
Moreover, given the declining Christian population in the 'Palestinian Authority' since it gained control of certain territory in 1994, the complaint about Christian holy sites is nothing but gall.
And as to Abu Bluff's brave
“We reiterated to Obama our commitment to the two-state solution on the basis of the 1967 borders and the Arab Peace Initiative of 2002,” Abbas said. “We also emphasized that halting settlement construction and releasing Palestinian prisoners were not Palestinian pre-conditions, but Israeli obligations in accordance with signed agreements and the Road Map.”Except that they aren't in any signed agreement, nor were they part of the road map until other conditions were fulfilled.
Looks like there won't be any negotiations after all....