Palestinians threaten to demand Israeli citizenship

Monday, August 11, 2008 |  Israel Today Staff

The Palestinian Authority on Sunday warned that if Israel does not soon meet its demands for control of Judea, Samaria and the eastern half of Jerusalem, it will push for a one-state, binational solution to the conflict by demanding Israeli citizenship for all Palestinian Arabs.

The warning was issued as an official statement by the office of chief Palestinian Authority negotiator Ahmed Qureia, also known as Abu Ala.

The binational threat is a tactic the Palestinian Authority pulls out on occasion when it feels Israel is not making concessions fast enough. The threat plays on the demographic fears regularly expressed by the Israeli government, but which polls show most Israelis do not share.

The Israeli government continues to rely on figures supplied by the Palestinian Authority for determining population densities west of the Jordan River. However, independent surveys conducted over the past few years have shown there are far fewer Arabs in the region than claimed by the Palestinian Authority, and that even if Israel annexed Judea and Samaria Jews would still be in the majority.

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