Abbas Tells Israel: Palestinians Wont Accept Deal Based On Temporary Borders


kerry-abbas-peresAnd this guy is a peace partner?

In an address this evening to the World Economic Forum on the Jordanian shores of the Dead Sea, Mahmoud Abbas said that he would refuse any solution calling for “temporary borders,” adding that he was committed to the creation of a Palestinian state within the 1967 lines with East Jerusalem as its borders. Abbas acknowledged Secretary of State John Kerry’s efforts for peace and thanked him, but emphasized: “Please forget temporary borders.” Temporary borders “will not end the conflict,” Abbas said. “They will prolong it.”

Abbas also urged Israel to “please read” the Arab Peace Initiative, deeming Israel’s current activity in the West Bank and in Jerusalem as “unbearable” and saying it would put an ”

Secretary of State Kerry urged Israel and the Palestinians to reach a political settlement, warning that the absence of peace would result in “perpetual war.” “Do we want to live with a permanent intifada?” Kerry asked in his address to the forum.

There was no choice but to continue striving for peace, Kerry said, adding that the only way for Israel to survive as a Jewish state was the two-state solution. He also told Abbas and Israeli President Shimon Peres that he had an agreement ready and waiting with him should they want to come up on stage and sign.

John, don’t hold your breath. That won’t be happening so fast.

{ Israel News Bureau}