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Abbas: Palestine has gotten nothing out of peace talks
Published Sunday 19/01/2014 (updated) 21/01/2014 13:57
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- President Mahmoud Abbas said Sunday that despite US Secretary of State John Kerry's efforts, Palestine has so far gotten nothing out of the ongoing peace negotiations with Israel.

"The problem is with the Israeli side and not with us," Abbas said in an interview on Moroccan television following the Al-Quds Committee meeting in Marrakesh.

He spoke the same day Israeli army radio announced that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had proposed to Kerry that Israel annex a fourth settlement bloc within the West Bank, amounting to approximately 13 percent of the internationally recognized Palestinian territory.

Abbas called this kind of shift in borders "unacceptable."

Calling Israeli settlers "invaders" with "no right" to Palestinian land, he stressed that Palestinians living inside what is now Israel "were on the land 1,500 years before Israel was established."

This is why Palestine can never recognize Israel as a "Jewish state," Abbas said.

"We demand is what was given to us by the international community" in 1967, he added, though he acknowledged that limited land swaps would be acceptable.

'Try me, and then we can talk'

Nevertheless, the head of the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority was not as pessimistic about reconciliation with Hamas.

If Hamas agrees to hold elections, there will be reconciliation "tomorrow," Abbas said.

He said Hamas has "used the excuse" that the Americans and Israelis -- who consider the Islamist faction a "terrorist organization" -- would refuse to negotiate with the PLO if Hamas were included, and thus would pressure Abbas against reconciliation.

"We will not take the Americans and Israelis into consideration," Abbas said. "To (Hamas) I say try me, and then we can talk."

Peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians were relaunched in July under the auspices of the US after nearly three years of impasse.

Israel's government has announced the construction of thousands of housing units in illegal settlements since peace talks began.

The division between Hamas and Fatah began in 2006, when Hamas won the Palestinian legislative elections.

In the following year, clashes erupted between the two factions, leaving Hamas in control of the Strip and Fatah in control of parts of the occupied West Bank.

The groups have made failed attempts at national reconciliation for years, most recently in 2012, when they signed two agreements -- one in Cairo and a subsequent one in Doha -- which have as of yet been entirely unimplemented.
1 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
19/01/2014 23:13
You reap what you sow. The Palestinians have sown violence and hatred. That's what they get in return.

2 ) Mitri I. Musleh / Canada
19/01/2014 23:29
Good morning Palestinian leaders. Wake up and smell the roses. For as long as you are not committed to reconciliation, for as long as the whole world does not take you seriously. This is why Palestine has become a wishful dream for many Palestinians.

3 ) Mel / USA
19/01/2014 23:50
Gosh! U can hardly see Abbas' face behind all the corporate-logo plastic WATER bots!What is it?Israeli"purity of arms"water,stolen from Palestinian'springs'&aquifers?Quit the FACTIONAL CR*P chaps!Or are u happy in your factional cages snapping at each other,waiting for Israeli occupiers to feed you tid-bits for compliance!Unite as DIGNIFIED national brothers,instead squabbling cousins with a common enemy at the FRONT door of Palestine. DEFACTIONALIZE,B4 there's NO Arab Palestine left! DO IT!

4 ) ht mole / israel
20/01/2014 01:21
gotten nothing in the negotiations......what about the 73 'freedom fighters' that Israel released...Are they Nothing????????????????????????

5 ) E / usar
20/01/2014 06:12
R u kidding me fake president abbas. How about the 100 murderers that u got and threw them a useless celebration

6 ) Mark of Lewiston / USA
20/01/2014 06:18
Time to start a struggle for the right to Israeli citizenship. Only then might a center appear in the Israeli body politic. Doubtful nonetheless.

7 ) Truth & / (Abbas) Lies
20/01/2014 06:37
-1- Actually, it is Israel that "has gotten nothing out of peace talks", while "Palestine" has gotten the freedom of 78 murderers, and it expects to free 26 more, while still giving Israel nothing in return, and -2- Palestine could easily get something out of peace talks, by simply accepting Israeli (border, capital, & refugee) terms, which would lead to the creation of the first real Palestinian state in history !!

8 ) dan / holland
20/01/2014 09:44
nothing ? how many prisoners where let free ?

9 ) Tibi / Tubas
20/01/2014 19:11
* ABBAS is an old man, that will be dead soon, whose * LEGACY WILL BE "NOTHING", and as a result, * PALESTINE WILL BE "NOTHING" TOO, BUT - an impoverished authority, that may fade away, into nothing more than just A 9-LETTER WORD.

10 ) Outlier / USA
20/01/2014 19:43
A mouthy fool who hurt his credibility by his comments.

11 ) shirley / australia
21/01/2014 03:06
abass is doing everything in his power to make sure the state of palestine moves no further he refuses to exercise any rights and has dragged pals into the trap of talks forever he refuses to move away this was his goal from the start sitting rejecting while things detyerioarate to the pont of no return and lok at ridiculous gutlless speach at UNSC today about water etcthe UNGA gave ppals astae but pa start crying about uNSC must support water and this and that pathetic useless and gutless

12 ) Rami / Palestine
22/01/2014 16:37
#3 Those are Arwa bottled water and Cappy fruit juice bottles, both produced by Coca-Cola (for the MENA markets) which at one point had been on the BDS hit-list as well as in the ADL's cross-hairs for not distributing in Israel. Needless to say it has a sketchy history depending on who you ask.

13 ) Kobe / AU
24/01/2014 09:57
Despite all the zionist hate and blather, the Palestinian people, along with their sovereignty over Palestine, vested in them alone, remains firmly intact, while the occupier remains but the occupier outside of its recognised borders, having legally annexed nothing to its sovereign extent.

14 ) Tibi / Tubas
26/01/2014 01:16
It may be true, that -1- Palestine may have "gotten (little or) nothing out of peace talks", but that is because it went into peace talks with unrealistic expectations, of getting everything (1967 borders, an E. Jerusalem capital, & refugees). However, It is even more true, that -2- Palestine will get even less than "nothing" by avoiding Peace Talks, other than watching the Jewish state prosper and expand, while the Palestinian Authority stagnates in poverty !!
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