Wednesday, May 27
Latest News
  1. Brother urges Iran to free reporter held on 'laughable' charges
  2. Yemeni pleads guilty in New York to Al-Qaeda conspiracy
  3. UN seeks new date for Yemen talks
  4. Draft bill on transsexuals sent to Iran parliament
  5. EU to unveil latest plan to absorb migrants fairly
  6. Spokesman: Libya PM escapes assassination attempt
  7. AFP: Multiple explosions, gunfire in Kabul diplomatic area
  8. Govt: Kabul gunbattle ends with four attackers killed
  9. Turkey says training of moderate Syrian rebels begins with US
  10. Pro-government fighters push rebels out of Yemen city
  11. Police: suspected Fulani herdsmen kill at least 23 in central Nigeria
  12. Obama: Russia adopting 'increasingly aggressive posture' in Ukraine
  13. Washington Post reporter stands trial in Iran for spying
  14. Austrian 14-year-old jailed on 'terrorism' charges
  15. Saudi beheads 88th person, exceeding last year's total
  16. Charter buys US giant Time Warner Cable in $78.7 billion deal
  17. Diplomat: France suspends security cooperation with Burundi
  18. Libya tribal chiefs meet in Cairo peace initiative
  19. Alleged UAE killer of American 'aware of her actions'
  20. Britain and Russia agree to resume talks on Syria

Gaza government demands Abed Rabbo's resignation

Oct. 14, 2010 1:41 A.M. (Updated: Oct. 16, 2010 9:04 A.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The Gaza government called on Thursday for the immediate resignation of a PLO official who was quoted in the press as agreeing to a conditional recognition of Israel as a Jewish state.

Secretary-General Yasser Abed Rabbo was quoted in the Israeli daily Haaretz as saying the PLO would recognize Israel "according to the formulation of the government within the hour" if Israel agreed to 1967 borders.

According to the daily, Abed Rabbo said "Any formulation the Americans present – even asking us to call Israel the 'Chinese State' – we will agree to it, as long as we receive the 1967 borders. We have recognized Israel in the past, but Israel has not recognized the Palestinian state."

However, Abed Rabbo told Ma'an he had only spoken with Agence France-Presse over the issue.

Gaza government spokesman Taher An-Nunu said Abed Rabbo's statements did not represent the Palestinian national consensus, and gave dangerous concessions to Israel. Further, he said the statements betrayed Palestinian refugees by undermining their right to return to their land.

An-Nunu said Abed Rabbo's comments proved that the current PLO leadership could not be trusted to act in the interests of Palestinians, and called for the restructuring of the organization.

PLO Executive Committee member Wasel Abu Yusuf said Wednesday that the PLO refused Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's offer that Israel would stop building settlements on Palestinian land for two months if the Palestinian Authority recognized Israel as a Jewish state.

The PLO officially recognized the State of Israel, and its right to exist in peace and security, in 1993. However negotiators say recognizing Israel as a Jewish state would endanger the civil rights of the Palestinian minority in the country, and forfeit the right of return for refugees.

Powered By: HTD Technologies
Ma'an News Agency
All rights reserved © 2005-2015