Abbas endorses maximalist demands

Wednesday, May 04, 2005 | 
Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas is widely seen as a moderate, but he has set out the same extreme demands as his predecessor Yasser Arafat. In a speech to businessmen, academics and officials in Ramallah, Abbas said the Palestinians "would not accept anything less" than an Israeli withdrawal to the 1967 borders. That scuttles the chances for peace because Israel has said it will never return to the ‘67 lines, which would include giving up the Old City of Jerusalem and major Jewish population centers in Judea and Samaria.

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