Sunday, September 7, 2008

Abbas Again Confirms He's Not Interested for Peace

Abbas didn't say it in so many words, but that's one of the meanings of his words, quoted in this Ha'aretz article.

Abbas: Jerusalem, right of return are inalienable Palestinian rights

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told his Egyptian counterpart Hosni Mubarak on Saturday that chances of reaching peace with Israel by the end of 2008 look scant.

During a meeting in Cairo, Abbas said that last November's Annapolis Summit created high hopes for peace, but "despite the significant efforts each side has made, there is no certainty we can strike a deal by the end of the year because very little time is left."

Abbas said that the "solution that the Palestinians seek will have to include all the issues surrounding a permanent agreement." In his remarks, he stressed how important these issues are to the Palestinian people, saying that "Jerusalem and the right of return are inalienable Palestinian rights, too."

[Once again, Abbas/Abu Mazen has flunked a litmus test.

Historically, Jerusalem has been generally ignored by Arabs and Muslims and certainly has far, far less significance to them than to the Jewish people. In any reasonable settlement, the incredibly strong, central role of Yerushalayim to the Jewish people has to take precedence over the minor role it has for Arabs and Muslims.

For different reasons, the so-called "right of return" is a bogus issue. It is in total contradiction of the basic premise of a "two-state" (which is really a three-state or, as seems more likely at the present time with the split between the residents of Fatahland and Hamastan, a four-state) solution.

Anyone who insists on either a redivision of Israel-s capital or what amounts to the breaching of Israeli sovereignty with the insistence on Israel's acceptance of hostile immigrants from foreign lands demonstrates he is not interested in peace.]

On Friday, Abbas met with President Shimon Peres at a conference in Italy.

The two declared that Israel and the Palestinian Authority were closer to a peace agreement than ever.

[Ten light years apart is closer than ever if the sides had previously been twenty light years apart.

Since Israel keeps making concessions, the two sides do keep getting closer together even though the Palestinian Arabs have yet to budge on their outrageous demands.

However, sooner or later, if there is to be peace, the Palestinian Arabs have to start moving, including giving up their insistence on redividing Jerusalem, flooding Israel with hostile immigrants, creating a border on the temporary armistice lines from 1949 and creating hundreds of thousands of new Israeli refugees.]

During their meeting, the two statesmen discussed current indirect peace negotiations between Israel and Syria, and Iran's nuclear ambitions. On this topic, Peres said "the world will not allow a fanatic country to have an atomic bomb."

[One hopes Peres is closer to the mark on this one than he was on the Oslo Experiment and the New Middle East.]

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