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Abbas to work with any Israel govt committed to 2 states
Published Wednesday 23/01/2013 (updated) 24/01/2013 19:59
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RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Palestinians will deal with any Israeli government that abides by a UN General Assembly resolution calling for the establishment of a Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders, an official said Wednesday.

President Mahmoud Abbas' spokesman said that "this is the way we will deal with the coming Israeli government, which has to choose between peace and stalemate that can be negative to all parties."

Nabil Abu Rudeina added that "we are ready to work with any government in Israel that accepts the existing international terms of reference that are based on UN resolutions," the PA's Wafa news agency reported.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu emerged the bruised winner of Israel's election on Tuesday, claiming victory despite unexpected losses to resurgent center-left challengers.

Exit polls showed the Israeli leader's Likud party, yoked with the ultra-nationalist Yisrael Beitenu group, would still be the biggest bloc in the 120-member assembly with 31 seats, 11 fewer than the 42 they held in the previous parliament.

If the exit polls compiled by three local broadcasters prove correct - and they normally do in Israel - Netanyahu would be on course for a third term in office, perhaps leading a hardline coalition that would promote Jewish settlement on occupied land.

But his weakened showing in an election he himself called earlier than necessary could complicate the struggle to forge an alliance with a stable majority in parliament.
1 ) He does not get it / UK
23/01/2013 19:56
that the 2 state ullution is dead.

2 ) Reader / from Edmonton
23/01/2013 20:16
Palestinian refugees will return to build the State of Palestine when the United States votes YES. It's just that simple. There is nothing in the claim for pre-1967 borders that is contrary to America's stated position. Just one more vote and the conflict is over: problem solved, two states side by side. Haven't we had enough of the alternative?

3 ) Tibi / Tubas
23/01/2013 21:12
-a- Abbas is such a liar, and it is him that is preventing a "2 state" solution,
since the previous "Israel govt was committed to 2 states," but he would not even talk with them, much less negotiate, compromise, or "work", and
-b- the next Israel govt we be equally committed to 2 states, but again
just NOT the "2 state" terms (borders, capitals, & refugees), that he wants !!

4 ) Giacomo / USA
23/01/2013 22:01
Netanyahu has a coalition mandate from the Israeli people to negotiate peace; Abbas does not. One cannot have a two-state solution with only one state represented. If the Palestinians can end their wakseh and form a unity government, then Abbas can use the term "we" with any credibility. Unify if you can, and get to the negotiating table for peace.

5 ) Khaled / UK
23/01/2013 22:24
#2 here we go again - refugees? Are we ready and able to pay for them to come in on an emply budget? no. Refugees must stay where they are if we want to feed our family of today. The UNRWA is in charged to support them with all their needs. Jordan and Egypt should open their arms to them. They have the means to do it - no us - please.

6 ) Reader / from Edmonton
23/01/2013 22:36
Both Israel and Palestine have established legal borders recognized by the United Nations. Just work out the details concerning the areas between those borders either in state-to-state negotiations, or failing that in the International Court of Justice.

7 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
23/01/2013 22:56
@ 2), No, the U.S. vote doesn't mean a damn thing as far the return of Palestinian refugees no matter where they are or TO wherever they might go (and they sure as hell would be better off going to Jordan/Palestine). @ 2), Thank you for your steadfast support of us on these boards but no, Abbas is NOT a liar, WE (that is, OUR government) is the LIAR. True, in the past Abbas declined to talk even when we had partially initiated a settlement "freeze" but now, since he's bolstered by the (cont.)

8 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
23/01/2013 23:10
U.N. recognition of a (to us, second) Palestinian nation, he's most definitely sincere. I can tell you right now, despite the political bruising of Netanyahu, don't sell him short for a second. Translation: Our next government will NOT be committed to any Palestinian nation west of that Jordan River any better or whatever Netanyahu says, wants, indicates, implies, recommends or suggests. @ 4), No, not really. It's a bit oxymoronic (not moronic) to talk of a coalition mandate because (cont.)

9 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
23/01/2013 23:24
no coalition has yet been formed and, by definition, it means a combining of political parties and their platforms. A mandate thus stems from an actual unification of such entities; a mandate is a broadly-endorsed approval/directive coming from a unified political "voice," not a mere coalition (combination) of such "voices." If you mean Netanyahu has Israel's directive to negotiate for peace, yes, but not like a coalition mandate. I agree about Abbas/Pal unity but it still wouldn't matter.

10 ) Colin Wright / USA
24/01/2013 01:19
Well, there we are then! Israel already accepted the 1947 Partition -- and now the Palestinians do as well! So Israel can just govern her share, and the Palestinians can govern their share. I guess that's settled. What's next?

11 ) Colin Wright / USA
24/01/2013 01:23
To Giacomo #4 'Netanyahu has a coalition mandate from the Israeli people to negotiate peace...' How do you figure THAT?

12 ) Colin Wright / USA
24/01/2013 01:26
To 'Reader' #2 'Just one more vote and the conflict is over: problem solved, two states side by side. ' If that were true, we'd definitely have peace. After all, Israel already accepted the Palestinian borders in 1947 -- and indeed, was recognized as a state on that basis. Has anyone inquired of Abbas if he would accept those as well?

13 ) Colin Wright / USA
24/01/2013 01:31
To Tibi #3: '-a- Abbas is such a liar, and it is him that is preventing a "2 state" solution, ' I can never get over how dishonest Israel supporters are. Were you born this way, or were you only driven to it after you became a Zionist?

14 ) @ Giacoma-4 / USA too
24/01/2013 04:51
- Abbas is committed to working with any other government, that will surrender to his demands (borders, capitals, & refugees), but Israel will never surrender to such suicidal terms, so in truth - Abbas is committed to NOT working with Israel's government, but - you're correct that with Abbas' lack of a "coalition mandate" (even if he "worked with Israel"), Hamas, Islamic Jihad, PRC, PFLP, Al Aqsa Brigades, etc, would all still continue their resistance and terror attacks against Israel.

15 ) Outlier / USA
24/01/2013 05:46
Flogging a dead horse. If there is to be a true Palestinian state, the Palestinians and Israelis will have to negotiate border modifications. Otherwise, status quo. When true statehood becomes more important than than wasted pride and arbitrary boundaries, real progress will be made.

16 ) Omar / USA
24/01/2013 07:01
Because Mahmoud Abbas is a traitor!

17 ) Sami, the bedouin / Palestine
24/01/2013 09:56
Keep waiting for Godot, Mr Abbas ... the zionists will give you all of historic Palestine finally, including the house of your dad in Safad !!

18 ) @ Sami-17 / DELUSIONS
24/01/2013 16:02
You, Abbas, and "all of historic Palestine can keep waiting for" FOREVER, but "the zionists will give":
- NOT "A HOUSE in Safad,"
- NOT A CAPITAL in East Jerusalem,
- NOT 1967 BORDERS, and
- NOT REFUGEE RETURN either !!!!

19 ) @ Delusions-18 / RIGHTS
24/01/2013 18:16
We have the right to "NOT" compromise, negotiate, or even talk with Israel.
However, you are correct that if we make that choice, we should also expect "Palestine can keep waiting," in it's present situation indefinitely,
and we have that right (occupation instead of compromise) too !!

20 ) Lilith / The World
25/01/2013 02:01
In 2008 Ehud Olmert offered Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas a peace agreement that would have guaranteed a Palestinian state in virtually all the West Bank, Gaza, and part of Jerusalem, with more land than already occupied by so-called settlements. Once again, the Palestinians turned down the offer.
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