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Abbas: No Israeli presence in future Palestinian state
Published Monday 20/01/2014 (updated) 05/02/2014 22:46
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RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- President Mahmoud Abbas said Monday that there will be no official Israeli presence in the future Palestinian state, rejecting demands that Israeli forces retain military bases as part of a peace agreement.

"We want an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital that includes all the lands that were occupied in 1967 and that lives side by side with Israel in security and stability," Abbas said in a joint press conference with Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper in Ramallah.

"Anything else said or interpreted on our behalf matters only to those who interpret it," he added, dismissing rumors that he had agreed to concessions in ongoing negotiations with Israel.

Abbas thanked Canada for the aid it sends to Palestinians and said he hoped for the improvement of bilateral relations between the two nations.

Abbas said that he briefed Harper on peace negotiations and reiterated the Palestinian position on a future state.

The president said he respected the Canadian decision to vote against the Palestinian state in the UN, explaining that Canada is "an independent sovereign state, and it's their right to decide what it wants and to recognize who it wants,"

Canada is a close ally to the state of Israel, but gives large amounts of aid to the Palestinian Authority.

Canada was strongly against Palestine's bid to join the United Nations as a state in 2012, and was one of only nine countries to vote against it.
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1 ) Johnny benson / USA
20/01/2014 20:12
Fine with me...this way there will never be a Palestinian state

2 ) Outlier / USA
20/01/2014 23:18
Of course, predicated on there BEING a future Palestinian state. Considering Abbas's poor leadership and worse negotiating stance, it won't happen in his lifetime.

3 ) shirley / australia
21/01/2014 03:49
how many more hollow staements things are changing in ME the us are alraedy changing al qeada to ISILwhich encompasses awide area dangerous and could statrt awhole new side to war on terror this name is being used constantly by biden in iraq and elsewhere with so called syria opp among other things trhe PA need to end talks now and move away with syria situation moving forwards and iran pa may feel the full brunt of EU US to cede land and give up more while doing nothing to stop isrealas is happ

4 ) Carson / Canada
21/01/2014 04:10
There wont be a Palestinian state, so Abbas is dreaming

5 ) justice / Canada
21/01/2014 05:35
Harper 's support for the zionist apartheid, ethnic cleansing, imprisonment, torture, land theft and illegal settlements does not represent our Canadian values.

6 ) @Justice / #5
21/01/2014 06:20
LOL what a load of crap you just posted. Harper supports Israel and her right to exist. He is not brainwashed like you to believe the crap that leftist propagandists have spewed all over the world. There is no 'Apartheid' in Israel nor is there ethnic cleansing. For Christs sake, the population of 'Palestinians' has increased (the goal of those doing the ethnic cleansing is to get RID of the people they are trying to). There;'s nothing wrong with imprisonment for those who have committed a crime

7 ) @ Justice cont'd / #5 cont'd
21/01/2014 06:23
As for torture, I don;t know if I believe what is written about it, but if true, I absolutely don't condone it, and neither does the Israeli public. As for the settlements, what do they matter? It's not like the West Bank is ever going to be turned over to the 'Palestinians'. Not to mention, the population in Israel is growing quite rapidly, and there is a major housing problem, so Israel will, and rightfully so, build in the West Bank. And there's nothing you or the world can do about it. Nada

8 ) There is ARAB PRESENCE / in ISRAEL
21/01/2014 08:20
why can't there be Jewish presence in Palestine?

9 ) Mark of Lewiston / USA
21/01/2014 08:23
Abbas needs to repeatedly differentiate between Israeli and Jewish. There are over 6 million Jews who are not Israelis living in the US alone. Lots of them do humanitarian work all over the world.

10 ) Ben Barka / Tanzania
21/01/2014 08:26
Harper should never have been invited to Ramallah notwithstanding his so-called aid. His regime is more Zionist than Zionists. I am surprise the Palestinian people didn't throw rotten tomatoes at him

11 ) Colin Wright / USA
21/01/2014 08:57
To Johnny Benson #1: 'Fine with me...this way there will never be a Palestinian state' There certainly wouldn't be a Palestinian state if there WAS an Israeli presence. If there's anything the last forty years demonstrates, an 'Israeli presence' shortly produces claims of 'Israeli sovereignty.' Indeed, that's been the Zionist story from the start. See Weizman's earnest disavowals of any intention to seek statehood at all.

12 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
21/01/2014 10:11
Shirley - where is the independet Aborigine state? Oops, you forgot that when you finished your apartheid rule over the Aussie natives! #5 Justice for Canada - funny words coming from you, given that you live in an apartheid state that ethnically cleansed the natives, stole their land and shovedt the survivors onto reservations. Please send us more instructions on your successful colonization and settlement of the First Nations. Two-faced hipocrites, both of you.
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