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

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.

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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 COMMENTS

  1. 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. −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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Fine. At least he is blocking the existence of a "palestinian state" I do not see the continuation of any negotiation because the arab side has no other intention than the destruction of the Jewish State.

  6. Kerry, why do you keep banging your head against the wall? Can't you see who you are dealing with? How can you try to negotiate peace with a group of people who refuse to recognize the other group? Don't you think that the ones who are not being recognized would be anxious, nervous, concerned that those who don't recognize them would be dangerous to deal with. Kerry, Obama, American people, citizens of the world, don't you see this as reality? When negotiating, you must know who you are negotiating for. When one of the two groups refuses to recognize the other, don't you understand that there is nothing to negotiate? Why are you pressuring the ones who want to negotiate with those who won't recognize them? How many concessions can be made to sway those who don't recognize Israel's right to exist? Obviously concessions don't mean a thing to them, they have yet to change their minds. Don't continue to do the same things and expect different results.

  7. Hard measures have to be taken when everybody one day realizes that the attempted peace negotiations with PA are coming to a halt. – Judea, Samaria, and Gaza are territories lost for the invading Arabs. They are legit Israeli soil. Do properly (should have been done immediately after 1967) claim the settled property for Israeli territory. Alternatively, speed up settlements month after months and freeze out the people who will not recognize Israel proper, anyway.

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