Mahmoud Abbas rejects Israel’s offer

Posted: April 24, 2010 by Jonathan Boyko in Israel, Palestinians, Politics, West Bank
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Palestinian PM Mahmoud AbbasLondon’s Al-Hayat Arabic-language newspaper reports that Palestinian PM Mahmoud Abbas rejected Israeli PM Netanyahu’s offer to establish a temporary Palestinian state on 60% of the West Bank:

A Palestinian source told the paper Abbas rejected the proposal because he saw it as an attempt "to set up a trap and drag him into profound negotiations that will set up the state’s borders and turn them into permanent ones".

The report adds that Netanyahu refused to halt construction in east Jerusalem as well as a US request to include additional land in his proposal. He said, according to the sources, that this would require new agreements.

NO DOUBT NETANYAHU knew in advance Abbas would decline the offer. While Palestinian PM understands Netanyahu’s move is only a means to get Obama off his back and force the ball off Israeli court. Even if he wanted to, though, Abbas couldn’t accept Netanyahu’s offer, as Palestinian mantra demands no recognition of Jewish state and nothing less than 100% of the West Bank and Gaza, as well as Jerusalem as Palestinian capital. If he was to act otherwise, Abu Mazen would come under fire of the radical Palestinian factions, attempting to make political gain. Palestinian people, on the other hand, would believe Israel was attempting to convert temporary Palestinian state into a permanent one on less land than was promised to them by their leaders.

All parties understand that motives for the move and Americans wouldn’t cease demands for various concessions from Israelis in light of this move. While such proposition needed to be put forward, it is undoubtedly a waste of paper.

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