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Sunday, December 07, 2014

Martin Indyk, are you listening?

A couple of years ago, 'moderate' 'Palestinian' President 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 inside Israel.
Which statement is the truth? Obviously, the second one.
Palestinian Authority 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.
Martin Indyk, are you listening?

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