Sarkozy: Vote 'No' on Palestinian state recognition on December 2
Abbas says he is ready to set up Palestinian State on '22 percent of land'
Adalah list of ‘discriminatory laws’ is faulty, meant to demonize Israel – report
Abbas: Jewish state law an obstacle to peace
Family of Petah Tikva worker: Lifting gag order on investigation will show nationalistic murder
Netanyahu-Rivlin spat on ‘Jewish state bill’ may put off early elections
Analysis: Another chapter in the US-Israel ‘crisis’
Piron unveils new reform to minimize gaps in education system
Tel Aviv Cinematheque comes under fire over 'Nakba' film festival
Hookah smokers are inhaling benzene
Effective drugs for carriers of hepatitis C not included in health basket
Mild blows may cause major head injuries
Sharp rise in additional, private health insurance costs
Tech Talk: The best keyboard apps available for smartphones
Elbit Systems developing bus with supercapacitator fast-charging system
Zion Tech: Israeli start up Dogiz helps dogs and owners socialize
Zion Tech: Our Israeli start-up of the week aims to make air pollution visible
Grapevine: Anniversary of the passing of founding PM David Ben-Gurion
Hitting all the right notes
Dancing to the capital
Two Israeli films make the Oscar short list
Sinai Says: Matters go from bad to worse at fallen giant Maccabi Haifa
It’s now or never for Hapoel Jerusalem
Home-grown Israeli baseball: From youth to the pros
Ness Ziona keeps rolling with tough win over Nahariya
WATCH: Israel gets flooded as storms hit the country
Vote on Zoabi bill delayed due to Livni appeal
Police arrest two car thieves from Hebron
Divided US Jews largely silent on ‘Jewish state bill’
South African court bans BDS protests inside Woolworths
Shoes of prisoners stolen from Majdanek Nazi death Camp
Russian-Ukrainian spat over anti-Semitism reaches the UN
US Jewish students’ difficulties draw notice of Knesset panel
WATCH: Syrian child preacher says stop chasing half-naked women, look to your 72 virgins
Pope: Don't close door on dialogue with Islamic State
Turkish governor apologizes to Chief Rabbi for saying synagogue would be turned into museum
Report: Number of ISIS recruits grows as group relaxes strict admission requirements
Khamenei: Arrogant world powers failed to bring Iran to its knees
Jerusalem: A cooperation hub
Israel’s just war and ‘purity of arms’
Choosing your funding sources carefully
The way of making easy political deals
November 26: Tangible results
Cinema of reconciliation
On the volcano’s edge
Knowledge, power and abuse
Q&A with a Colombian lone soldier
European Press: Dividing line
Veterans: Keeping an ear out for change
Book Review: Written from his heart
This Week in Jerusalem
Who is your God?
Grapevine: Amazing place
A voice from India
Happily Eva After: When the going gets tough...
Grapevine: Reclaiming our heritage
Upscale dining in Neveh Tzedek
Obama: Helping terror go nuclear
On incitement, lots of talk but little action
To finally look behind the news
Recognizing Palestine – anomalies and ambiguities
A song for Cheshvan: 'The Eucalyptus Grove'
הָאַרְכִיוֹן שֶל רוֹמַן וִישְנִיָאק
Har Nof in flames
Genome of lowly centipede sequenced, adding a piece to puzzle of how life started on Earth
A creative twist on Italian in the heart of Tel Aviv
'Game of Thrones', 'Breaking Bad' director MacLaren to oversee Gal Gadot in 'Wonder Woman'
A First Look: Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman
Bennett announces Water City for Israeli technologies in Shougang, China
Tempête au sein de la coalition
Crise de confiance
Qui prendra la relève de Mahmoud Abbas ?
Arafat, Abbas, même combat ?
L’unité : notre seule planche de salut
Daniel Oren, maestro d’Israël, d’Italie et d’ailleurs !
Nos plus belles années ?
De Berlin à New York, 1920-1975
Le pot de chocolat liégeois par qui le scandale arrive
Le dernier kibboutz
La course aux étoiles
Les mordus du français
On n’invite pas un pyromane à éteindre un incendie
Tuer l’EI dans l’œuf
Le mont du Temple et la guerre sainte de l’islam
Les attentats du lundi 10 novembre vus par la presse française
L’Europe, nouvelle alliée d’Abbas ?
Christian priest speaks out strongly in favor of Jewish state law
Hispanic Evangelicals among Israel's greatest supporters
Christians United for Israel Chairman John Hagee says Obama is anti-Semitic
Temple Mount: Common ground between Jews and Christians
Pope Francis condemns Palestinian violence
KKL Belgium Donates Portable Bomb Shelter to Kiryat Gat
KKL-JNF Awards 2014 Blumberg Prize
Exploring the Ilanot Botanical Garden and the Vickar Observation Point
Cornerstone Laid for Sports Rehab Park at Meir Hospital
Mexican Politician and Business Leader Miguel Aleman Velasco Visits KKL-JNF in Jerusalem
International Conference in Sde Boker: Combating Desertification Together
Rehabilitation of the Lower Jordan: Bringing the River Back to Life
Central America Celebrates Independence at the Rabin Center
In his Footsteps: Heritage Excursions in Memory of Yitzhak Rabin
Cleanup Day Activities in Central Israel
International Cleanup Day: Cleaning Together in Northern Israel
KKL-JNF's Eyes in the Forest - The Horshim Forest Green Patrol
Israel Today and Tomorrow: KKL France Mission Visits Israel
Start-up Israel: KKL Italy November Mission Learns about Israel's Past and Future
KKL-JNF and Desert Agriculture Latin American Diplomats visit the Negev
A Successful Annual Fundraising Event for KKL Milan
Living Green in Israel: the Contest and the Winners
Addressing Climate Change Conference
Nurturing the Foresters of the Future
Saving the Sabras
11.26.2014 | 4 Kislev, 5775
Prime minister to Channel 1: I’ll be running again in next election
Not all bleak for Netanyahu
China’s moves: US decline, or balance in Asia?
Hanegbi heads to Myanmar for highest-level visit in 35 years
Former ambassador to the US Oren may enter politics on list Kahlon is drafting
MK calls on PM to destroy homes of Jews who murdered Arab teen
Netanyahu: Hamas leaders are legitimate targets, no one is invincible
Kahlon indicates comeback with new ‘framework’
'Israel no better than Chelm for providing electricity to Palestinian companies that boycott it'
Manhattan borough president shows solidarity with Israel visit
Ministers and MKs urge Netanyahu to pound Hamas
Right-wing MKs call to investigate Balad party, ban it from Knesset after Qatar trip
Diplomacy & Politics
KHALED ABU TOAMEH \
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas..
(photo credit:REUTERS/ISSAM RIMAWI/POOL)
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday night vowed to put to a referendum any agreement he reaches with Israel.Abbas, who was speaking at the opening of a meeting of the Fatah Revolutionary Council in Ramallah, said that Palestinians everywhere would be asked to approve an agreement with Israel through the referendum. "If there is any development and an agreement, it is known that we will go to a referendum," Abbas clarified. "It won't be enough to have the approval of the Fatah Central Committee or the PLO Executive Council for an agreement. Rather, we would go to a referendum everywhere because the agreement represents Palestinians everywhere."Abbas's calls for a referendum echo those on the Israeli side that any final status agreement with the Palestinians be put to a referendum. The Palestinian leader made similar comments regarding a referendum in an interview with a Jordanian newspaper in July. Referring to the current peace talks with Israel, Abbas said that that so far the two sides have only presented their views to each other. "We will wait for a period of six to nine months," he said.Abbas said he agreed to delay seeking full United Nations membership of a Palestinian state in return for the release of Palestinian prisoners held by Israel. "I consider the issue of the UN to be very important, but the case of the prisoners is worthy of sacrifice," he added. "We have prepared 63 requests to join 63 UN agencies and conventions, but I said the issue of the prisoners is now more significant."Abbas reassured the Fatah leaders that he would not make any concessions during the negotiations with Israel. "Our positions are the same as previous ones," he explained. "This means Jerusalem is at the top of our list of priorities. A Palestinian state with east Jerusalem as its capital. Without that there will be no solution. There will be nostate without Jerusalem, which is a red line for us."Abbas defended Palestinian officials who held a series of meetings recently with Israelis, saying this was a way of attempting to impact Israeli public opinion. He said that Palestinians who met with Israelis were not 'traitors."Abbas said that he was under pressure from the US and Israel not to achieve unity with Hamas. He also accused Hamas of meddling in Egypt's internal affairs.Abbas voiced opposition to a military strike against Syria. "We don't accept striking an Arab country from outside," he said. "But we also condemn whoever used chemical weapons and demand a peaceful solution." Justice Minister Tzipi Livni met with chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat in Jerusalem on Saturday in a continuation of peace talks, Israel Radio reported.The sides were expected to meet again on Tuesday. The last three rounds of talks between Israel and the Palestinians did not achieve any progress, Nabil Sha'ath, member of the Fatah Central Committee, said Sunday."The Palestinian side held a number of negotiating sessions with the Israeli side in order to achieve progress, but Israel did not present anything positive," Sha'ath told the Al-Resalah news website.He said that Israel's policy on the ground was "in complete contradiction of the principles of the peace process." He accused Israel of pursuing settlement construction and the "Judaization" of Jerusalem.Sha'ath said that despite the lack of progress the Palestinian Authority was determined to continue with the peace talks while not ruling out the possibility of going to international agencies and forums if the negotiations fail.Sha'ath also complained about the absence of international pressure on Israel.US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki wrote in a brief statement on Sunday that the negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians "have been serious and US Special Envoy Martin Indyk and his team have been fully briefed on the bilateral talks." "As we have said in the past, we are not planning to read out the details of these meetings," Psaki added.Jpost.com staff and Reuters contributed to this report.
Your comment must be approved by a moderator before being published on JPost.com.
Disqus users can post comments automatically.
Comments must adhere to our Talkback policy. If you believe that a comment has breached the Talkback policy, please press the flag icon to bring it to the attention of our moderation team.
Sign up for our newsletter
Please insert a valid email address
By signing up to The Jpost mailing list, I hereby