Abbas´ Letter to Netanyahu: PA Lost its ´Raison D´etre´ (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari 04/16/12)
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Israel’s actions have stripped the Palestinian Authority of
its “raison d´etre”, creating a reality which cannot continue, PA
Chairman Mahmoud Abbas will say in a letter to Prime Minister
Binyamin Netanyahu, AFP reported on Sunday.
The French news agency’s report was based on a copy it saw of the
letter. Abbas recently revealed some of the letter´s contents in a
speech in Cairo.
In the letter, which will be delivered to Netanyahu this week, Abbas
warns that “the current status quo cannot continue”, according to the
“As a result of actions taken by successive Israeli governments, the
Palestinian National Authority no longer has any authority, and no
meaningful jurisdiction in the political, economic, territorial and
security spheres,” says the letter.
“In other words, the PA lost its raison d´etre which, if it
continues, will make it unable to honor its commitments,” Abbas says,
referring to the multiple agreements signed with Israel since the
1993 Oslo Accords, which brought about the creation of the
Palestinian Authority a year later.
“We want to avoid sliding towards the one-state option, especially as
the current status quo cannot continue,” he adds.
Abbas also asks Israel to outline “as soon as possible” its positions
on four key issues: the principle of a two-state solution based on
the pre-1967 borders, halting all settlement activity, releasing PA
prisoners, and the revocation of all decisions which undermine
agreements between the two sides since 2000.
“We stand ready to immediately resume negotiations the minute we
receive your positive response on these points,” Abbas writes,
according to AFP.
He reiterates the PA’s commitment to non-violence, and asks for
Israel´s understanding over the issue of Jewish communities in Judea
“I reiterate our full commitment to a policy of zero tolerance
against violence. At the same token, I expect the government of
Israel´s understanding that settlement building is eroding the
Palestinian people´s trust in Israel´s commitment to reconciliation
and the idea of the two-states solution,” AFP quoted Abbas as saying
in the letter.
“The logic is simple: If the Israeli government supports the
establishment of a Palestinian state, why does it build on the
territory of this state?” he says.
The letter will be delivered to Netanyahu during a rare face-to-face
meeting with PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad and two other senior
officials from Ramallah in Jerusalem later this week.
Tuesday’s meeting will be the first top-level meeting between leaders
in Jerusalem and Ramallah in over two years.
Last week it was reported that Netanyahu will seek direct talks with
Abbas during the meeting.
According to his office, Netanyahu will propose "raising the level of
talks" and holding face-to-face negotiations with Abbas.
"At his meeting next week with the Palestinian delegation, Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will propose raising the level of the
talks to conduct them directly with Abu Mazen," it said, using
"This message will also be passed on through his personal envoy, the
lawyer Yitzhak Molcho, who is expected to meet with Abu Mazen and
hand him a letter with Israel´s position on a future agreement with
the Palestinians," the PMO said.
Peace talks between Israel and the PA have been frozen since Jordan
hosted a series of “exploratory meetings”. The PA refused to continue
to talk after those meetings and Abbas continued to impose
preconditions on negotiations.
Abbas may be reacting to the fact that the world - and even the
Israeli left and Israel´s Arabs - has lost much of its interest in
the Palestinian Arab cause, as can be seen by the failed flytilla and
March on Jerusalem, one reason being that the Arab Spring has shown
where the real problems are. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 04/16/12)
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