Abbas prefers occupation, stalls negotiations

Posted: May 3, 2010 by Jonathan Boyko in International, Israel, Palestinians, Peace Process, Politics, US, West Bank
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Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu Fearing the incoming pressure from the Americans to begin either direct or indirect talks, Mahmoud Abbas chose a tactic to disrupt any possibility of such, by setting various preconditions:

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says he will demand already in the stage of proximity talks that Israel transfer vast areas in the West Bank, including those currently under full and partial Israeli control, to sole Palestinian control.

Abbas said that he would also demand that the Jordan Valley be included in the territories to be transferred to the Palestinians, although Israel has made it clear that it will not accept any pre-conditions to peace talks.

(Ynet)

NETANYAHU SET A precondition himself – for Palestinians to recognize Israel as a state of the Jews – prior to any talks about two states for two peoples. Abbas’ outright refusal to view Israel as a Jewish state (rather than state for all peoples – Abbas’ goal) hurts Palestinian PM, as American and European demands pour in, requesting he declares recognition. Not wanting to be left out of the party, Abbas decided to drop shift attention towards Israeli refusal on several issues, such as the Jordan Valley. This way, Abbas can again claim it is the Israelis – not him – who dropped the ball on the talks.

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