Abbas nudges PM: Just desiring peace is not enough

April 25, 2012 15:48


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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.

Spokesman 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 agreement.

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.

Reaching peace, 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.

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