Abbas: Israelis not allowed in Palestinian state

Sunday, December 26, 2010 |  Ryan Jones

During his weekly tirade about how Israel is to blame for the failing peace process, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday insisted that if an independent Palestinian state is established, Israeli Jews will be barred from living there.

“We have frankly said, and always will say: If there is an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital, we won’t agree to the presence of one Israeli in it,” Abbas told reporters in Ramallah.

Abbas was responding to Arab media rumors that he was prepared to allow an Israeli army presence along the Jordan River even if that area falls inside the borders of a future Palestinian state. But he has also firmly rejected past proposals to allow Jews to continue living in their homes in Judea and Samaria under Palestinian sovereignty.

At the same time, Abbas is one of the chief proponents of the demand that Israel open its gates to millions of foreign Arabs who are the offspring of so-called “Palestinian refugees” who fled the country during Israel’s War of Independence. In fact, Abbas insists a final status peace deal cannot be concluded until Israel meets that demand.

It should also be noted that the land-for-peace process is supposed to be creating an atmosphere of peaceful coexistence. The Palestinians manipulate that fact to demand that Israel unconditionally keep its borders open to Palestinian traffic, but apparently will be unwilling to do the same.

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