PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen), the “moderate” leader yearning for peace with Israel based on the two-state solution based on the pre-June 1967 borders, tells what he really feels on his Arabic Facebook page. The PA leader explains he does not accept the two-state solution based on the pre-’67 borders since he demands other lands that were occupied by Israel in 1967.
The post is dated shabbos, 13 October 2012, in which he explains his plan to call upon the United Nations to recognize Palestine as a non-member nation. He speaks of the pressure being applied on him for and against such a move.
Regarding UN recognition, he explains that being accepted does not “free the lands” but he is certain that gaining legitimacy by the international body will post facto legitimize the Palestinian claim to the lands, which he adds “are not disputed”, namely they do not belong to Israel but to his people. He simply does not recognize Israel.
He states he is not just referring to areas of Yehuda, Shomron, but all the areas “occupied by Israel in 1967”.
Former Israeli Ambassador to Egypt Yitzchak Levanon explains that this attitude, “that all of Israel is occupied will prevent reaching a peace agreement with the PA”.
The ambassador adds the posting contradicts the position taken by the PA leader in documents given to US President Barak Obama, in which Abu Mazen expressed his commitment to the two-state solution.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)