Palestinian media reports that Kerry told PA president that he would meet the same fate as former president Arafat if he did not accept American peace proposals; report says Abbas interpreted this as veiled death  threat.

Kerry and Abbas
                          John Kerry and Mahmoud Abbas.  Photo: Reuters

US Secretary of State John Kerry recently threatened  Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas that he would meet the same fate  as his predecessor, Yasser Arafat, if he turned down Washington’s proposals for  peace with Israel, a Palestinian source was quoted Sunday as saying.

Jamal Muhaissen, a senior Fatah official in the West Bank,  said that if the report about Kerry’s threat to Abbas is true, “this shows that  Israel assassinated Yasser Arafat after receiving a green light from the US  Administration.

Muhaissen said that Kerry’s threat comes in wake of his  failure to impose a settlement on Israel that is “consistent with international  law.”

Kerry should not hold the Palestinians responsible for his failure  with the Israelis, the Fatah official added.

“If true, Kerry’s threat  paves the way for bringing him before the International Criminal Court for  threatening the life of an elected Palestinian president,” Muhaissen said.

A Palestinian source told the daily Rai al-Youm that Abbas angrily stormed out of a four-hour  meeting with Kerry in Ramallah after the latter exerted pressure on him to  accept the proposals.

The source claimed that Kerry told Abbas that his  fate would not be “less than that of Yasser Arafat.”

Kerry’s proposals  were received with shock and rejection by Abbas, the source added.

The  source said that Kerry’s proposals do not meet the minimum of Palestinian  aspirations and Abbas’s promises to his people.

“Abbas wants future  generations to remember him as a hero who managed to achieve for his people what  the largest Arab powers and parties failed to obtain in all their wars with  Israel,” the unnamed source explained.

The source claimed that Kerry’s  proposals call for the annexation of 6-8 percent of West Bank land to Israel. In  return, the Palestinians would be compensated with 5.5 percent of land from  inside Israel.

In addition, the source said, the proposals envisage the  opening of a safe passage between the West Bank and Gaza Strip and the division  of east Jerusalem.

As for the issue of the refugees, the source said,  Kerry wants to establish an international fund for settling Palestinians in  Australia and anywhere else they wish. Only a small number of refugees would be  permitted to enter Israel in the context of “family reunion.”

The source  claimed that the proposals envisage creating large settlement blocs where 80  percent of the settlers would be gathered under Israeli sovereignty. The  settlers would be offered dual citizenship (Israeli and  Palestinian).

Authored  By KHALED ABU TOAMEH on The Jerusalem Post

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