Abbas: Israel striving for West Bank status quo (JERUSALEM POST) By KHALED ABU TOAMEH 04/17/12)
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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas reiterated Sunday that
dismantling the PA was not an option. He also dismissed calls for
halting security coordination between the PA and Israel.
Abbas, who was speaking to Palestinian journalists accompanying him
on a visit to Thailand and Japan, said that "while there many reasons
why the Palestinian Authority was being weakened, dissolving it is
not an option."
Abbas dismissed as ´cheap bidding" demands by Hamas and some
Palestinian groups to halt security coordination between the PA and
"When we have security, this is in our interest," Abbas
said. "Security coordination is not for one side only, but also for
Palestinian territories. We are keen on security coordination because
we want security for Palestinians."
Abbas accused Israel of making the two-state solution impossible by
pursuing construction in the settlements. "But as far as we are
concerned, the two-state solution remains the first and final option.
Settlements are illegal and they will remain illegal."
Abbas blamed the Arab countries for the severe financial crisis
facing the PA. He noted that the Arabs have yet to fulfill their
financial promises to support the Palestinians.
Abbas´s comments about security coordination with Israel drew sharp
criticism from Hamas, whose spokesman, Sami Abu Zuhri, accused the PA
of providing Israel with security services for free.
"Continued security coordination poses a grave threat to the
Palestinian cause and the interests of the Palestinians," Abu Zuhri
charged, urging Abbas to halt the coordination with Israel.
Meanwhile, PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad said Monday that the Jordan
Valley was an integral part of the Palestinian territories.
"The Jordan valley is not for rent or trade," Fayyad declared during
a ceremony inaugurating a water dam in the Jericho area. "There will
be no Palestinian state without the Jordan valley," Fayyad
emphasized. "The same as there will be no state without the Gaza
Strip and east Jerusalem as its capital."
He said that the PA government would continue to fund various
projects in Area C of the West Bank despite Israeli "arbitrary
measures aimed at squeezing Palestinians out of the area." (© 1995-
2011, The Jerusalem Post 04/17/12)
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