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Abbas: Palestinians want to open, not divide Jerusalem
Published Sunday 16/02/2014 (updated) 17/02/2014 12:50
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RAMALLAH (Ma’an) – The Palestinians do not want to divide Jerusalem, but rather keep it as an open city to be a capital for two states with Arabs and Israelis living together in the city, President Mahmoud Abbas said Sunday.

The president’s comments came as he hosted a group of Israeli students in his office in Ramallah.

Abbas highlighted that it’s the Israeli government to be held responsible for hindering peace talks through the ongoing settlement construction on lands belonging to the state of Palestine.

He pointed out that the “whole world has recognized the state of Palestine.”

The agreed timeframe for the current round of negotiations will come to an end in two months and “Israel has to decide whether it wants peace or not.”

“How do they want to make peace in light of the ongoing settlement construction on lands on which the state of Palestine should be built,” Abbas asked the Israeli students.
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1 ) Outlier / USA
17/02/2014 07:28
Comments for the street and mostly hyperbole. Palestine will be become a state when a peace accord is forged - and only then.

2 ) Mel / USA
17/02/2014 18:52
Oh my Lord! How much more empty blah,blah can Abbas spew out while MORE Zionist Jewish-only colonies are erected on his,& 6 MILLION other Palestinians,land,resources & ancestry? Abbas! Jst quit the delay-tactic-cr&p to keep Zionism happy! UNITE with all factions,as NATIONALS!Save your energy for the rightful & globally recognized LEGAL FIGHT at the ICC/ICJ! Why do you keep talking to a deaf,growing,WALL of Zionist hate&racism? Go away!

3 ) Munii / Palestine
17/02/2014 22:34
It's really crazy, the native inhabitants of the land are begging the East European immigrants so they allow them to have a capital in their own land. The world of politics is really puzzling and mind blowing

4 ) ian / australia
19/02/2014 11:46
Abbas isn't charismatic or loved but he is dogged and infinitely reasonable. This vision of a shared capital is like his offer to accept international peacekeepers in the Jordan Valley: an extraordinary concession and a genuine offer to strike a deal. How it would actually work is anyone's guess but I hope it dawns on these visiting students how greedy and obstructionist the ISRAELI position is by comparison. Abbas is saying Palestinians are willing to share, fairly, and co-exist, equally.

5 ) ian / australia
19/02/2014 11:46
(contd.) The Israeli position is we will share NOTHING. We want it ALL. It's ALL ours and what happens to YOU (in the pittance we will forfeit) is not our problem. In their little brainwashed minds, I hope these young Israelis at least experience a glimmer of disquiet that THEY are the extremists, the crazies, not the Palestinians, and a vague, unsettling suspicion that the course they're on, as a nation, is evil.
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