Martin Indyk, are you listening?
A couple of years ago, 'moderate
Mahmoud Abbas Abu Mazen
told an Israeli interviewer that he had no intention of returning
to Tzfat (Safed), a town that is located within the Israeli side of the 1949 armistice lines. Of course, he immediately walked back that statement.
His spokesman, Nabil Abu
Rudaineh, tried to explain that the interview with Channel 2 was mainly intended
to “affect Israeli public opinion.”
In other words, the spokesman is
telling Palestinians and Arabs that Abbas is telling Israelis what they like to
hear – namely that Palestinian refugees would not return to their former homes
Which statement is the truth? Obviously, the second one
President Mahmoud Abbas said in an interview with Egyptian newspaper
Akhbar el-Yom over the weekend that there are 6 million Palestinian
refugees waiting to return to their homes and that he was one of them.
The Middle East Media Research Institute
reviewed the statements made by Abbas in the Arabic daily, and found
that Abbas said he would not recognize Israel as a Jewish state because
he believes it would undermine the national interests of Israeli Arabs,
and prevent millions of Palestinian refugees from returning to their
homes. "We cannot recognize a Jewish state," he said, adding, "We cannot
close the door to those who wish to return."
He further said that if the U.N. Security
Council rejects the Palestinian proposal for a two-year deadline for an
Israeli withdrawal to 1967 lines, he may end Palestinian security
cooperation with Israel and even step down and transfer responsibility
for the Palestinian Authority to Israel.
He said that if Israel continues to prevent
the Palestinians from forming an independent state, then it should "take
responsibility for the occupation," including the health and education
sectors as well as all internal affairs.
, are you listening?
Labels: Abu Mazen, Martin Indyk, right of return, Tzfat