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Abbas: Palestinians want to open, not divide Jerusalem

Feb. 16, 2014 11:16 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 17, 2014 12:50 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) – The Palestinians do not want to divide Jerusalem, but rather keep it as an open city to be a capital for two states with Arabs and Israelis living together in the city, President Mahmoud Abbas said Sunday.

The president’s comments came as he hosted a group of Israeli students in his office in Ramallah.

Abbas highlighted that it’s the Israeli government to be held responsible for hindering peace talks through the ongoing settlement construction on lands belonging to the state of Palestine.

He pointed out that the “whole world has recognized the state of Palestine.”

The agreed timeframe for the current round of negotiations will come to an end in two months and “Israel has to decide whether it wants peace or not.”

“How do they want to make peace in light of the ongoing settlement construction on lands on which the state of Palestine should be built,” Abbas asked the Israeli students.
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