Kuwaiti paper calls for 'unconditional' talks with Israel

'Arab Times' editorial calls on PA president Abbas to follow in Anwar Sadat's footsteps and "cause international embarrassment for Israel."

By JPOST.COM STAFF
November 8, 2010 14:04
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PA President Mahmoud Abbas

Mahmoud Abbas what 311. (photo credit: Associated Press)

An editorial published in the Kuwaiti daily Arab Times called on Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to "leave the grey area, forgo expectations for an Arab and regional miracle that will never come, and start unconditional negotiations" with Israel.

"While the Palestinians reel in agony, deprivation, austerity and loss of their land, the Arab opposition and Tel Aviv government are busy wobbling in the ‘no-war, no-peace’ conditions," the editorial stated.

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The author of the editorial, Ahmed al-Jarallah, the Arab Times' editor-in-chief, added that Abbas should follow in the footsteps of former Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and "try to cause international embarrassment for Israel even if the latter continues to apportion land areas to itself through its settlement construction."

Jarallah further said the Palestinians previously had the chance to regain lost territory through the self-governance plan approved in the Camp David Treaty.

"They should have taken this opportunity and built on it later to become a nation with clear landmarks but they instead chose to move towards the path of Arab slogans and bargaining until the problem was blown out of proportion. Instead of a West Bank void of Israeli settlers in 1978, the Palestinians are now offered 22 percent of the land; so the longer the waiting period, the lesser the space," Jarallah wrote.

The editor-in-chief called on the Palestinians to "realize that they bear the brunt and pay the price on their own, while the slogan traders in Iran, Lebanon and Syria put their hands and feet in water, using these poor people as fighting tools."


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