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Sunday, December 22, 2013

Abu Mazen's 'peace' terms

'Moderate' 'Palestinian' President Mahmoud Abbas Abu Mazen has laid out his terms for 'peace' according to an article on the Maan website (Hat Tip: IMRA).
Sbeih said Abbas articulated his exact position on the peace agreement, which were as follows:

- Abbas would accept a Palestinian state with the entirety of East Jerusalem as its capital, with limited land swaps as long as the lands being traded were of equal value.

- He would accept an incremental withdrawal of Israeli troops from Palestinian land, allowing them up to three years to leave.

- He would reject the idea of any permanent Israeli military presence in the Jordan Valley, but would welcome an international peacekeeping presence.

- He would refuse to recognize Israel as a Jewish state.

- He would reject any interim agreement, calling instead for a final solution.

- He would reject any proposal that required Palestine to be an unarmed state, but said he would not get involved in an "arms race."
Note what's unaddressed here: An end of conflict statement. The word's 'final solution' don't address that issue.

I can't see Israel accepting most of these planks. In fact, the only one I can see us accepting (and I'm very unhappy about it) is the 'land swaps' in some form.

Will Kerry propose something different? What could go wrong?

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At 2:34 AM, Blogger Rob said...

Abbas at least is consistent. This is nothing new, just the same sort of garbage he's always said.

The Israelis should have opted out of Oslo once the 'Pals' said they no longer bound by it over a years ago, annexed everything except Area A and moved any Arabs who were non-Israeli citizens into Area A (actually, they should have done it a decade ago). And they should have publicly announced that they would defend those borders and warned Abbas that any terrorist attacks against Israel would meet with an extremely disproportionate response.

This, eventually, is how the whole thing is going to be settled anyway, more or less.


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