Mahmoud abbas 311 187.
(photo credit: AP)
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas says he is unhappy about the change in American policy toward settlement construction.
In an interview published Sunday by Der Spiegel, Abbas told the German magazine he would not change his position and would not agree to resume negotiations unless Israel completely halts construction in West Bank settlements and recognizes the 1967 borders.
“These are not preconditions, but the first stages in realizing the
Road Map and they should have been taken long ago. Unlike Israel, we
stood up to our commitment – we recognized Israel’s right to exist and
we are combating violent groups. It is now Israel’s turn,” Abbas said.
Abbas expressed his disappointment that Barack Obama, as the president
of the “strongest country in the world,” was not doing more to pressure
The PA president also revealed that he had an active engagement with
former prime minister Ehud Olmert. “We didn’t reject his offer, he
simply stepped down before we reached the final part of the
negotiations. His successor, Tzipi Livni, did not become prime minister
and that’s why we never reached an agreement.”
Abbas said there was no point for him to run for president again, since
“the way to a diplomatic solution is blocked… but I urge the countries
of the world: don’t let the Palestinians descend to a state of utter