(mark his words) Abbas will keep on ‘negotiating’ even if Israel does not extend settlments freeze …
“I cannot say I will leave the negotiations,…”
22/09/2010 Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas signaled that a renewal of settlement construction in the West Bank would not necessarily end the so-called peace talks, Israeli daily Haaretz quoted attendees at a dinner with the Palestinians leader in New York as saying.
Speaking to a closed meeting of Jewish American leaders in New York late Tuesday, Abbas made clear that he wanted to continue the dialogue with Israel and signaled that he was backing away from his ultimatum, but he also urged Israel to extend the building restrictions for several months while the sides negotiate the “peace”.
“Let’s demarcate the border now in a short time so that the Israelis can build on their side of the border,” he said, adding “at that time, Israelis will be free to build in their territory and the Palestinians the same.”
Meanwhile, Palestinian Prime Minster Salam Fayyad attended a separate meeting with more than 65 American Jewish leaders in New York from business, religious and community sectors.
Speaking to the attendees, Fayyad said violence “has to be dealt out of the equation permanently regardless of what happens in the peace process,” and added that Israeli military incursions into territory controlled by the PA weakened his government’s credibility at a time when it was working hard to improve the lives of Palestinians.
Fayyad declined to discuss final status issues such as the Palestinian right of return, but rejected Netanyahu’s demand to station Israeli troops along the eastern border of a future Palestinian state with Jordan as incompatible with true sovereignty.
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