PA ‘surprised’ over Obama’s speech to rabbis (JERUSALEM POST) By KHALED ABU TOAMEH 06/07/12)
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Palestinian Authority officials in Ramallah said on Wednesday they
were “surprised” to read statements attributed to US President Barack
Obama to the effect that PA President Mahmoud Abbas is not interested
Obama was quoted by various media outlets as telling American
Orthodox representatives during a meeting at the White House on
Tuesday that it was “possible” that Abbas may no longer be interested
in peace and that the window for peace negotiations may already have
Some of Abbas’s aides said they were expecting “clarifications” from
the US Administration before commenting on the remarks.
“We were completely surprised to hear the statements that were
attributed to President Obama,” one aide told The Jerusalem
Post. “But we have to be careful and check whether Obama really said
A PLO official told the Post that he did not rule out the possibility
that Obama had indeed said that Abbas is not interested in peace.
“This is all part of Obama’s election campaign,” the official claimed.
“Obama is obviously trying to win the Jewish vote in the upcoming
Obama, he added, “knows very well that it is the Israeli government,
and not the Palestinian leadership, that is foiling the peace process
through its policy of construction in the settlements and refusal to
accept the two-state solution.”
Abbas spokesman Nabil Abu Rudaineh said in response that the PA
remained committed to the peace process and held Israel fully
responsible for the current stalemate.
“We are committed to a just peace and are waiting for [Prime Minister
Binyamin] Netanyahu to abide by the terms of reference of the peace
process and the road map and halt settlement construction and accept
the two-state solution on the basis of the 1967 borders,” Abu
Rudaineh told the Palestinian Ma’an News Agency.
He also reiterated the PA’s refusal to the establishment of a
Palestinian state with provisional borders. He said the only solution
to the current crisis in the peace process was to force Israel to
return to the negotiations in accordance with the road map and the
Quartet statement that was published in December last year. (© 1995-
2011, The Jerusalem Post 06/07/12)
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