Monday, February 3, 2014

News the HP Doesn't Cover: Abbas Continues to Reject "Jewish State"

I suppose this isn't really news, but it's always interesting to read about Abbas' ongoing intransigence (and what he compromised on): 
A future Palestinian state will only be protected by its police force and not by a Palestinian army, President Mahmoud Abbas said late Sunday.
NATO troops, led by the Americans, should be responsible for the security of a future Palestinian state, he said in a New York Times interview. He also claimed that their deployment could be for an indefinite amount of time.
“For a long time, and wherever they want, not only on the eastern borders, but also on the western borders, everywhere,” Abbas said. “The third party can stay. They can stay to reassure the Israelis, and to protect us. Regarding recognizing Israel as the Jewish State, Abbas said there wasn't a chance that would happen. “This is out of the question,” he said referring to the Israeli peace deals with Jordan and Egypt, who were never asked to do. Abbas refused also, however, to let any failure turn into an armed uprising. “In my life, and if I have any more life in the future, I will never return to the armed struggle.” In regards to a Palestinian army, Abbas made it clear that he knew his neighbors well. “We will be demilitarized,” he added. “Do you think we have any illusion that we can have any security if the Israelis do not feel they have security?”

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