My Comment: Abbas and the PA, even Hamas, and Iran have said this over and over and over. They will not recognize Israel as a legitimate peoples or state. Their constant cries reverberate around the world. “Palestine from the river to the sea.” And they mean it, it’s not just empty, misunderstood rhetoric as the western leaders would have us believe. And we are to expect peace?
Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas stood his ground on Friday and reiterated that he will not recognize Israel as a Jewish state. Speaking to youth activists of his Fatah party and quoted by The Associated Press (AP), Abbas unequivocally declared that there is “no way” he will recognize Israel as a Jewish state and accept a Palestinian capital in just a portion of eastern Jerusalem. Abbas further stated that he withstood international pressure in the past, when he sought UN recognition of a state of Palestine despite the United States’ objections.
“They are pressing and saying, ‘No peace without the Jewish state,”‘ he said, though not spelling out who is applying the pressure. “There is no way. We will not accept.”
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