Sunday, September 27, 2009

Ikremah Sabri says two-state solution impractical

Ikremah Sabri says two-state solution impractical
Mohammed Mar'i | Arab News —

RAMALLAH: The head of the Islamic Higher Committee in Jerusalem, Ikremah Sabri, has said the two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict “is impractical and illusionary.” He added that the “Israeli settlement activity was on the rise leaving no land in the West Bank for the establishment of a Palestinian state.”

Sabri reiterated his rejection of exchanging land between the Palestinians and Israel, adding that “if Jerusalem and the right of return for millions of Palestinian refugees were shelved then what is left for the Palestinians.”

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday called on the international community to “exert pressure on Israel to cease its settlement activities.”

Abbas made the appeal when addressing the annual debate of the UN General Assembly.

Abbas also called on the international community to press Israel “to comply with the signed agreements and to desist from the occupation and colonial settlement policies, release the 10,000 prisoners and detainees, and to lift the unjust siege imposed on the Gaza Strip.”

The Palestinians insist that Israel should halt settlement activities in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, land the Palestinians want to turn into a future state, before any peace negotiation. But Israel said it will continue the construction of settlement due to “the natural growth.”

The Middle East Quartet on Thursday hailed as an “important step” US President Barack Obama’s three-way talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Abbas.

Chief Palestinian negotiator Sa’eb Erekat Friday denied reports that Palestinians and Israelis had direct peace talks.

Erekat said in a press statement that the US peace envoy to the Middle East George Mitchell Friday held separate talks with Palestinian and Israeli negotiators on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meetings in New York.

Erekat, however, denied that there were direct talks between the two sides.

“The reports, which said the two sides had direct talks, were completely untrue,” the Palestinian official said. “Reports that we have direct talks and handshaking were leaked only by the Israeli media,” he added.

Following the three-way summit, Mitchell held talks with Erekat and then talked with Yitzhak Molko, an aide to Netanyahu, in a bid to bridge the gap between the two sides on the resumption of the peace talks.

Erekat said “such separate talks are expected to be held again next week in New York.”§ion=0&article=126777&d=27&m=9&y=2009

Comment: Thought you should see the misinformation the Arab Press provides-this is a tame version of the story. Facts do not matter only a perception is important. The Israeli villages and towns in the disputed territories comprise less than 6% of the total land mass under dispute!!! Victomology continues until the media "calls them on their bs."

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