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Abbas vows to put any peace deal to a referendum
Published Monday 22/07/2013 (updated) 24/07/2013 21:50
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AMMAN (AFP) -- President Mahmoud Abbas said any future peace deal with Israel will be put to a referendum, in remarks published Monday, four days after Washington announced the resumption of negotiations.

"Any agreement with the Israelis will be brought to a referendum," Abbas told Jordanian government-owned Al-Rai newspaper.

"The United States is serious about reaching a political solution to the Palestinian cause by establishing a Palestinian state on 1967 lines with east Jerusalem as its capital."

US Secretary of State John Kerry announced on Friday that Israeli and Palestinian negotiators had agreed to meet to prepare a resumption of direct peace talks, stalled since 2010.

"Any security solution must permanently get Israel out of Palestinian land, while the Jewish state has the right to preserve its security within its borders, with the approval of neighboring countries," Abbas told Al-Rai.

"We want a two-state solution and this idea exists among the US administration. But until now we have not achieved anything."

Abbas praised excellent relations with Jordan and thanked King Abdullah II for his unlimited support.

The last round of direct peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians broke down in 2010 over the issue of Israeli settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem.

Kerry on Friday gave away very little about the initial agreement.

Israeli officials have hailed it as a "success" as it did not entail the Palestinian "preconditions" of a freeze on settlement construction or the pre-1967 borders as a basis for negotiations.

But Abbas has repeatedly stressed his demands for a freeze on settlement building on occupied land and release of prisoners held by Israel must be met before the talks can resume.

"We stress our position that settlements have been illegal since 1967," Abbas said in the interview published on Monday.
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1 ) Sherezade / US
22/07/2013 14:40
This is your chance Abbas. Stick to your word and put your people first. So far your legacy will be that as a man of Israel, show us you are a man of your people show us you are a Palestinian!

2 ) matt / usa
22/07/2013 16:52
" with the approval of neighboring countries " what does that mean exactly?

3 ) Arnold / Canada
22/07/2013 18:42
Bibi calls for a referendum on a final peace accord and so now so does Abbas. Monkey see ...monkey do

4 ) Colin Wright / USA
22/07/2013 19:29
To Matt #2 '" with the approval of neighboring countries " what does that mean exactly?' Guess you're just going to have to work that out. Frightening proceeding on the basis of something other than total supremacy, isn't it?

5 ) Colin Wright / USA
23/07/2013 23:34
To Arnold #3 '...and so now so does Abbas. Monkey see ...monkey do.' Kinda letting the cat out of the bag, aren't you? Yes -- Abbas is a tool (willing or unwilling) of the Zionists. Like a Laval or a Nedic, he's the 'leader' the master race will permit their subjects to have.

6 ) Mel / USA
24/07/2013 16:46
POW-camp OIC Abbas performs token-power while Israel continues its'Final Solution'on all Palestinians,Like old weak,egoistic,deluded Mussolini obeyed nasty Adolf,at the expense of the Italian people.Adolf hated Il Duce,using him as a schmatta,while useful proxy,that Italians HATED.German people followed Nazism delibarately,or blindly,ignoring it's brutality on millions of good innocent defenseless civilians.Abbas!Don't fall for Zionism's Nazism.

7 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
24/07/2013 20:38
@ 2), That's political speak that Abbas simply wants to have the assurance the immediate Arab neighbors (Egypt; Jordan/Palestine; Lebanon; Syria) will support the Palestinians if the Palestinians and us manage to reach a "peace" plan. He doesn't want anyone to sabotage or "backfire" on him or the Palestinians since it is the Palestinians who must live with the consequences of such a "peace" plan if reached. Separately ... DID I READ THAT RIGHT !!! ??? ... IS THAT AN ACTUAL QUOTE BY (cont.)

8 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
24/07/2013 20:40
ABBAS TO AL-RAI MEDIA ??? ... Abbas is NOW calling us THE JEWISH STATE !!! ??? ... The Palestinian Authority IS recognizing us as THAT !!! ??? ... not only as a nation (which it's done) but beyond that and agreeing to our PM's demand to recognize us as a JEWISH NATION (STATE) !!! ??? ... WOULD SOMEONE SURE AS HELL CONFIRM THAT !!! ??? ... Not that it makes any damn difference (it doesn't) but if true that IS THE DAMN BIGGEST NEWS IN THIS ENTIRE ARTICLE !!!
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