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Abbas And Abu Dis

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has said Palestine will not accept Abu Dis as the capital of their future state and will insist on receiving control over east Jerusalem.

“Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said in Moscow on Thursday that the Palestinians will not accept Abu Dis, a town between Jerusalem and Ma’aleh Adumim administered by the PA, as the capital of their future state, and will insist on receiving control over east Jerusalem. It was important that it be clear which part of the capital belonged to the Palestinians, and which part to Israel, Abbas said in an interview with an Arabic-language Russian TV channel. A senior source in the Prime Minister’s Office said that the government’s position was well known: Jerusalem was, and would remain, the undivided capital of Israel. ‘In the framework of negotiations the Palestinians can raise whatever issue they want,’ the official said, ‘but our position is well known.’ Regarding Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s demand that the PA recognize Israel as the homeland of the Jewish people, Abbas said that this demand appeared only in the 1947 UN partition plan, hinting that Israel would have to implement that plan – which at the time the Jews accepted, while the Arabs rejected – in order to gain recognition as a Jewish state. Abbas said he would not resume peace talks with Israel without Netanyahu agreeing to a Palestinian state along the June 4, 1967, lines, and while Israel continued construction in east Jerusalem.”

Washington is standing firm as US relations with Israel hit a “crisis of historic proportions” over a dispute about Israel’s plans to expand a settlement in east Jerusalem.

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