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Abbas Tells Supporters He Will Not Recognize Israel as Jewish State


Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas in a meeting at his Muqata compound in Ramallah, where he rejected both Israel's exclusive rights to Jerusalem and its status as a Jewish state.

Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas in a meeting at his Muqata compound in Ramallah, where he rejected both Israel's exclusive rights to Jerusalem and its status as a Jewish state.
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Mahmoud Abbas said in a speech to supporters that he will not recognize Israel as a Jewish state and will not sign a peace deal that does not include eastern Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state.

The Palestinian Authority chairman made the inflammatory remarks on Saturday during a visit by hundreds of Palestinian activists to his Ramallah headquarters in Samaria, the Associated Press reported.

Abbas also told the delegation that without East Jerusalem as the capital of the future Palestinian state, there will be “no peace between us and Israel.”

According to Ma’an, Abbas promised he would reiterate this stance during a meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday.

“He will be told that occupied East Jerusalem is the capital of the state of Palestine, and without this there will be no peace between us and Israel,” Abbas insisted.

He added that he heard that the Israelis had refused to mention Jerusalem in any talks or negotiations.

“Let them say whatever they say,” he responded. “Unless it is mentioned clearly and marked in big fonts that it is the capital of the state of Palestine, there will be no peace with them and I want them to hear this.”

“Our language is understandable. We have been hearing lots of talks about the capital here and there. The (Palestinian) capital is Jerusalem and its surroundings in Jerusalem which were occupied in 1967.”

Jerusalem doesn’t mean Abu Dis, but Abu Dis is part of Jerusalem, he added, referring to a neighborhood of Jerusalem cut off by the separation wall from the rest of the city.

He also said that he would not negotiate beyond the original nine-month deadline set by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for the U.S.-backed negotiations, to end in a final status deal. After the deadline, which expires in May, Abbas said he will seek international recognition for a Palestinian state without an agreement.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said he will not sign an agreement unless the Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish state.

Kerry reportedly will return soon to the region in order to present a framework agreement which covers all of the core issues to the Israeli and Palestinian negotiators.

 

JTA content was used in this report.

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51 Responses to “Abbas Tells Supporters He Will Not Recognize Israel as Jewish State”

  1. Nathan Katz says:

    But “Palestine” is to be a Palestinian state, isn’t it? And according to Abbas, no Jews will be permitted to live there. And, um, do you happen to know how many Islamic / Muslim states there are? But not one Jewish state? Really?

  2. No one cares what you think!

  3. هاض القائد الرئيس ابو مازن طال الله في عمرو

  4. Old news. Their goal is Israels destruction, not peace. Never has been.

  5. There are no peace partners in the region for Israel. Period.

  6. Joe Krendel says:

    Let him go to hell

  7. Heinz Adam says:

    Yerushalaím (Jerusalém) Capital indivisible de Israel .. por siempre ..

  8. He should face more annihilation.

  9. Anonymous says:

    −Who gives a hoot about what this liar and alibaba has to say
    The land is ours, and we are the land.

    We want leaders that are willing to stick their necks out and make painful concessions for us, the people , Am Yisrael.

    We want to hear that they will go to war before they give us up.
    The land is us and we are the land

    We want to hear our Jewish leaders proclaim with vehemence :

    We will never accept ethnic cleansing for our people, under any circumstance nor for any. No deal is sweet enough to allow for betrayal..

    Dare to accuse them of the crime they are about to commit. Its morally wrong, its ethically wrong, and its illegal. It's a crime against humanity to expel a people, based on ethnicity or religion from any land. A crime.

    Let us hear these words from our magnanimous leaders: We will not accept any terms that bring our people into homelessness and statelessness.

    Let them pound their fists, and shout out to the heavens, the land is ours. Our ancestors walked these roads and hills, their names are inscribed in the temples and in the rocks, in the gravestones, and in the bark of the thousand year old olive trees. I want to hear these men say loudly and with vigor: We Jews will never give it up, not for any deal, Never, even if we have to die for it. The land is us and we are the land.

    Shalom and Am Yisrae Chai.
    Deborah, Human rights activist for the Jewish people

  10. Is anyone surprised?

  11. Well, annexation should be a possibility…maybe Meir Kahane was right.

  12. Martin Kool says:

    the only state he is intresting in , is the state from his bank account

  13. Harold Kay says:

    ABBAS NEEDS TO WAKE TO THE REALITY HE AND HIS PEOPLE NEEDS TO LEAVE THE WEST BANK AND GO TO SYRIA

  14. Harold Kay says:

    AMEN

  15. There ya go! Straight from the ass’s mouth..

  16. Doreen White says:

    So what else is new? Abbas talks peace to Kerry and death to Jews and Israel with his people.

  17. Depopulate “Palestine.’

  18. Bear Klein says:

    Obviously if Palestinians wanted peace with Israel they would say welcome Jewish neighbors. We understand the Arabs living in Israel have democratic rights, freedom of religion, vote, hold office, etc. We will have our state and be peaceful neighbors who do not need a military and will take any Palestinian from the outside back into the West Bank. If peace is not the goal, the PA says, Israel you must take Palestinians into Israel. Later we intend to conquer it after we flood it with Arabs.

  19. Carole Dyke says:

    I pray for Israel. God will keep and protect Israel forever!!!

  20. Norm Kruth says:

    John Kerry, and his boss, are fools…peace talks?…who are they kidding?

  21. Nothing new-and he and others like him can MOVE NOW to a nice welcoming country–Jordan-maybe Sudan

  22. This man would do better if he talked less….

  23. Anonymous says:

    And they're releasing terrorists, surrendering land, and endangering the survival of Israel and the Jewish people for this. Bibi, please step down

  24. Anthony Kent says:

    The need to recognize Israel as a Jewish state is ALWAYS the stumbling block. That should have been agreed on day #1 before any prisoners were released.

  25. Becky Risk says:

    Neither will sane people recognize a Palestinian state. Wht is it that bigotry against others is wrong, but when it’s directed to the Jews, it’s ok?

  26. Douglas Kent says:

    So why did Israel release all those prisoners?

  27. hummmm…Japan said that they would not recognize the borders after the 6 day war and look what happened….

  28. How will Israel negotiate peace with such person? Only Israel’s God can bring peace to Israel as part of His promise and then the Temple rebuilt. Given the condition in the Middle East and prophetic bible truth, I think peace soon will be achieved. How? God will execute judgment on those nations round about Israel that despise her. Ezek. 28:25,26. These nations one of these days will bend their knees before Israel. Isaiah 60:14. Israel’s land like Gaza negotiated for the sake of peace was useless, and yet became a launching pad of rockets flown to Israel. Arabs will not settle for less to achieve peace than for Israel to be wiped out. The only condition God will do this for Israel when Jews sanctify God in their hearts. Ezek. Chapters 28-37. I think these generation of Jews through the works of the Rabbis have sanctified the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, Israel’s God in their hearts.

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