Thursday, December 11, 2008
Is Mahmoud Abbas Really a Palestinian or Is He a Native of Los Angeles?
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said on Thursday that the only reason Israel and the Palestinians haven't reached an peace agreement is because of Jerusalem's internal problems.
In an interview with the London-based daily Asharq Alawsat, Abbas said that he was ready to negotiate with any prime minister elected by Israel in 2009.
The Palestinian leader expressed his disappointment with Hamas for preventing Gazan pilgrims from making to Hajj to Mecca. He went on to compare the terrorist organization controlling the Strip to a Shi'ite sect that attacked Mecca in the 10th century.
Abbas called on Hamas to enter talks with the Fatah-led PA and warned it not to trust a future possible change in attitude towards the group by the next US administration. Abbas displayed his readiness to hold elections at any given time, but said he would not hesitate to exclude Hamas from participating.
The Palestinian leader added that he intended to visit the US before the end of President George. W. Bush's term.