Abbas Tells Supporters He Will Not Recognize Israel as Jewish State


abbasMahmoud Abbas said in a speech to supporters that he will not recognize Israel as a Jewish state and will not sign a peace deal that does not include eastern Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state.  

The Palestinian Authority chairman made the inflammatory remarks yesterday during a visit by hundreds of Palestinian activists to his Ramallah headquarters in Samaria.

Abbas also told the delegation that without East Jerusalem as the capital of the future Palestinian state, there will be “no peace between us and Israel.”

According to Ma’an, Abbas promised he would reiterate this stance during a meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry today.

“He will be told that occupied East Jerusalem is the capital of the state of Palestine, and without this there will be no peace between us and Israel,” Abbas insisted.

He added that he heard that the Israelis had refused to mention Jerusalem in any talks or negotiations. “Let them say whatever they say,” he responded. “Unless it is mentioned clearly and marked in big fonts that it is the capital of the state of Palestine, there will be no peace with them and I want them to hear this.” “Our language is understandable. We have been hearing lots of talks about the capital here and there. The (Palestinian) capital is Jerusalem and its surroundings in Jerusalem which were occupied in 1967.”

Read more at: The Jewish Press

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  1. Even if we would give back east Jerusalem there still would be no peace. Give them a finger they want a hand. Look what happened in gush Katif we expelled our brothers from their homes did we get peace. Don’t give a piece of land.

  2. Number 1, I’d like to call attention to the language in your post.
    We wouldn’t “give back” land gained in the Six-Day war. It’s unfortunate that we might “give away” such land.

    Also, the general press loves to talk about east Jerusalem, like east Berlin, which was truly a divided city. Please be careful to say “eastern Jerusalem,” which is a district of a city, like the Lower East Side is a district of New York.

    Words have such power.

  3. Why is Kerry wasting his time and using his prestige on something that will never ever happen. Israel and the Palestinians are miles apart and Israel rightly so will not give these buggers any such deal. Let them (palestinians) go and try Jordan or Qatar.