Qureia: Peace Process ´A Waste of Time´ (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gabe Kahn 04/23/12)
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The former Palestinian Authority Prime Minister, Ahmed Qureia, said
Monday that the Israeli-PA peace process is "no more than a waste of
Qureia insisted that Israel´s decision not to halt construction in
Judea, Samaria, and eastern Jerusalem for a second time made peace
“If this is the policy, I think it is a big lie to talk about the two-
state solution,” he told The Associated Press. “They are killing the
opportunity of two-state solution. If it dies ... one state is one of
He implied the PA may drop the “two-state solution” outlined in the
1993 Oslo Accords that would result in two states — Israel and
Palestine —existing next to one another.
Instead, he said, the PA might seek "a multi-ethnic state covering
all of historic Palestine, including Israel."
Israeli officials reject that settlement construction is a so-
called "obstacle to peace," saying PA preconditions are a fait
accompli aimed at forestalling talks in which they would have to make
They note that a previous 10-month construction freeze in
the ´disputed territories´ aimed at meeting PA demands was not only
rebuffed, but met with more preconditions and a unilateral statehood
bid at the United Nations in violation of existing agreements.
At present, PA officials insist Israel agree to the indefensible pre-
1967 lines for future borders, halt construction in the ´disputed
territories,´ and release all Arab terrorists from its jails before
talks can begin.
Observers note that seeking a state that would eliminate Israel is
consistent with PA/PLO policy.
Article 9 of the PLO charter continues to assert, "Armed struggle is
the only way to liberate Palestine. This it is the overall strategy,
not merely a tactical phase.”
It also maintains “Palestine” is defined by the British Mandate and
is “indivisible” – thus leaving no room for Israel, or Jordan, to
exist at all.
PLO officials have refused to amend their charter numerous times
since the 1993 Oslo Accords were signed.
In December 2011, the PLO announced it had decided on "a strategy
based on continuous efforts along with the international community to
secure full recognition and full United Nations membership, pursuing
internal reconciliation, and keeping up the popular resistance."
(IsraelNationalNews © 2012 04/23/12)
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