PA Report: Abbas Angry at Kerry, Threatened to End Talks


abbas-kerry-netanyahuPalestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas became very angry during a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry last week and threatened to end the negotiations with Israel, NRG/Maariv reported on Wednesday, citing the PA-based Al-Quds newspaper.

According to the report, Abbas fumed when, during a meeting with Kerry in Paris, the top U.S. diplomat presented a new offer which, according to senior PA officials, adopted the Israeli positions for a peace agreement.

These officials told Al-Quds that Kerry presented Abbas with a paper which states that the PA would be required to recognize Israel as a Jewish state, accept a Palestinian state that does not include the Jordan Valley and agree to annex ten Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria as part of the Palestinian state.

While all these requirements were enough to anger Abbas, the PA Chairman reportedly became furious when he found out that the Americans also demand that he accept that the capital of the new Palestinian state will be the eastern Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina, and not all of eastern Jerusalem as he has demanded for years. Read more here.