Saturday, January 12, 2013

Ya'alon: No place for Palestinian state alongside Israel


Vice PM claims Abbas and PA share same goals as Hamas; Livni warns that world will impose peace plan on Israel in March, when Palestinian documents will begin to officially bear "State of Palestine" stamp.

Strategic Affairs Minister Moshe Ya'alon (Ariel Je
Strategic Affairs Minister Moshe Ya'alon (Ariel Je Photo: Ariel Jerozolimski
Vice Premiere Moshe Ya’alon (Likud) ruled out the possibility of establishing a Palestinian state alongside Israel, while speaking at a cultural event on Saturday afternoon.
"As far as I'm concerned, the [Palestinian] Authority can call itself the Palestinian Empire," he said at the event in the Sharon region. "The goals of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas are similar to those of Hamas," he purported.
Tzipi Livni meanwhile, called for the renewal of the peace process. "The United Nations' decision was just the overture," the Tzipi Livni Party leader said. "We are sitting on a volcano that is due to erupt in March, when the world will lay a diplomatic plan on the table," she said. "Either they will impose a plan on us, or we can initiate our own plan."
According to a directive issued by Abbas last week, within two months, Palestinians will receive driving licenses, passports and identity cards stamped with the title "State of Palestine." The new documents will replace all previous documents, which since 1993 when the Oslo Accords were signed, have borne stamps of the Palestinian Authority. Last Friday, the PA officially changed its name to the State of Palestine, and Abbas officially signed his first decrees bearing that name. 
According to Abbas's decision, these documents will be available not only to West Bank residents, but also to Palestinian refugees around the world and Gaza residents.

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