Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas's spokesman criticized
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Wednesday, saying that the desire
to achieve peace is not enough, and must be coupled with actions.
Nabil Abu Rudeineh was referring to an interview Netanyahu gave CNN
that was broadcast Tuesday, in which he said Israel does not want to
rule its neighbors and that he believes he could deliver a peace
Abu Rudeineh asserted that facts on the ground
indicate to the Palestinians that Israel is instead determined to
continue its policy of settlement, including in east Jerusalem, official
Palestinian Authority news agency WAFA reported.
he continued, "require[s] an immediate and complete halt of all
settlement activities, [dismantling] of all settlements, and the
recognition of the two-state solution based on 1967 borders and
resolutions of the international legitimacy," according to the report.
During the interview with CNN on Tuesday, Netanyahu said: "I think that I could deliver a peace agreement. I could get the Israeli people to follow me if I believe that I have a serious partner on the other side willing to make the necessary compromises on the Palestinian side."
Asked if he would accept the notion that a future Palestinian state should be contiguous, Netanyahu responded: "Yes. I don't want to govern the Palestinians. I don't want them as subjects of Israel nor as citizens of Israel. I want them to have their own independent state. But a demilitarized state."
He said that the state would not be "Swiss cheese."
Netanyahu also asserted that the future of the Jewish
people is "intimately bound" with the future of the State of Israel.
On Iran, the prime minister acknowledged that sanctions are visibly impairing the Islamic Republic's economy but have not impacted its continuing nuclear activities.