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Diplomacy & Politics
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'Netanyahu's words prove Israel isn't interested in peace'
Netanyahu addresses Knesset 311.
(photo credit:Moshe Milner / GPO)
The Palestinian Authority rejected Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s diplomatic address to the Knesset on Monday, saying the statements were unacceptable and constituted “preconditions.”Nabil Abu Rudaineh, spokesman for PA President
Mahmoud Abbas, said that peace requires that east Jerusalem become the
capital of the state of Palestine and that all final-status issues be
solved at the negotiating table and in accordance with the road map and
international laws.RELATED:Obama may preempt PM's speech to US CongressDiplomacy: Big speech or big sleep?“Netanyahu’s statements prove once again that
Israel is not interested in peace and that it continues to challenge
the international community,” Abu Rudaineh said. “But that won’t stop
the Palestinian people from demanding their full rights, including going
to the UN.”Earlier Monday, Netanyahu said that the events of Nakba Day
proved that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is "not a conflict on 1967
but a conflict on 1948, and on the right of Israel to exist."Speaking at the opening of the Knesset's Summer Session and
commemorating the anniversary of Theodore Herzl's death, Netanyahu put forth what
is widely believed to be the diplomatic message he will take to Washington, where he is scheduled to address the US Congress later this week.He stated that a Palestinian leadership which refuses to recognize
Israel is responsible for preventing peace. "We must stop blaming
ourselves," Netanyahu stated.The prime minister said that the majority of Israeli's support his
diplomatic vision, setting out a number of points which were widely
agreed upon. First, that the Palestinians must recognize Israel as the nation state
of the Jews. Secondly, that any peace agreement with the Palestinians
should end the conflict and all future Palestinian claims on land.
Third, that no refugees be allowed to return to Israeli territory.
Fourth, that a Palestinian state must be formed with Israel's security
arrangements in mind, including a continued Israeli military presence
along the Jordan River. Fifth, large settlement blocs must remain part
of Israel. And, lastly, Jerusalem would remain the undivided capital of
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