Abbas calls for talks, still no recognition of Jewish state

Posted: April 25, 2010 by Jonathan Boyko in Israel, Palestinians, Peace Process, Politics
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On Saturday noon, Palestinian PM Mahmoud Abbas called for talks between varous Palestinian factions and Jewish “forces”:

"I call for an open political dialogue between Palestinian and Israeli forces, and we are ready to undertake them without exception," Abbas told a meeting of the Revolutionary Council of his Fatah party.

Such talks would be based on the acceptance by both sides of a proposed Palestinian state living side by side with Israel, he said.

"We are ready to engage in a responsible dialogue, because we know that 84 percent of Israelis want peace … and that the large majority of Palestinians and Israelis want true peace," he said.

WHILE ABBAS’ STANCE is admirable – who wouldn’t want peace? – his rhetoric has not changed, and neither has one of Palestinian extremists. Never did Abbas oppose a Palestinian state living alongside Israel. Yet, Abu Mazen never defined Israel as a Jewish state, mostly leaving such definitions to radical elements of Palestinian society, which usually see Israel as a state of all citizens – that is, an Arab state in several decades.

Abbas’ response is likely one to Israeli PM’s recent call for establishment of a temporary Palestinian state. While Abbas declined the offer, he passed the ball back to the Israelis, to avoid America pressure.

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