Sunday, December 22, 2013

Four Noes of Abbas‏

No recognition  of  Israel as a Jewish State.
No demilitarized Palestinian state
No Israeli forces anywhere after 36 months.
No Jewish sovereignty in Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem or Western Wall.
Official: Kerry to present framework peace agreement by Dec. 31
Published today (updated) 22/12/2013 20:22
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- US Secretary of state John Kerry will present 
Palestinian and Israeli leaders with a framework peace agreement by the end 
of the month, an Arab League official said.
Mohammad Sbeih, secretary-general of Palestinian affairs at the Arab League, 
told Ma'an that Kerry would present a proposed peace agreement by Dec. 31.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas informed the Arab League about 
the upcoming proposal, saying it would contain US suggestions regarding the 
borders of the future Palestinian state, Sbeih said.
Abbas told the League that "once he receives the American proposal he will 
not respond but will present it to Arab nations to make a joint decision."
Sbeih said Abbas articulated his exact position on the peace agreement, 
which were as follows:
- Abbas would accept a Palestinian state with the entirety of East Jerusalem 
as its capital, with limited land swaps as long as the lands being traded 
were of equal value.
- He would accept an incremental withdrawal of Israeli troops from 
Palestinian land, allowing them up to three years to leave.
- He would reject the idea of any permanent Israeli military presence in the 
Jordan Valley, but would welcome an international peacekeeping presence.
- He would refuse to recognize Israel as a Jewish State.
- He would reject any interim agreement, calling instead for a final 
- He would reject any proposal that required Palestine to be an unarmed 
state, but said he would not get involved with an "arms race."
Sbeih said the Arab League sent Kerry an urgent message that detailed the 
League's vision of the peace process.
Abbas was in Egypt Friday and Saturday, where he met with foreign ministers 
from Arab League countries. He briefed them on the latest developments in 
peace talks with the Israelis.
Peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians were relaunched in July under 
the auspices of the United States after nearly three years of impasse. 
IMRA - Independent Media Review and Analysis

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