Saeb Erekat 311 AP.
(photo credit: AP)
Palestinian Authority chief negotiator Saeb Erekat on Sunday confirmed his instance that a Palestinian state will be created soon. "A
Palestinian state is coming, with 1967 borders and with a capital in
east Jerusalem, and Israel cannot stop it anymore," he said during an interview with Army Radio.
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"The prime minister
told us we should not wait for the next government. However we are not waiting
for it, we are waiting for you," Erekat said referring to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.
Erekat said nothing is happening behind the scenes regarding peace
negotiations "I don't know what is happening with Israel. I don't
understand your behavior. We don't have an Israeli partner for peace."
When asked about PA President Mahmoud Abbas's comments on Friday that the failure of the peace process could lead to an intifada, Erekat said: "He [Abbas] is not threatening an intifada. We want negotiations. We want a Palestinian state through an agreement. But if there is no agreement or solution when September comes, the alternative may be a type of intifada."
"But for now we are searching for a partner in Israel and we want a halt in settlement construction."
Erekat also called a "joke" a recently drafted map which designates a Palestinian state in provisional borders created by Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, according to a report in Haaretz
said: "I call on Prime Minister Netanyahu and Foreign Minister
Lieberman to go one step ahead and recognize a Palestinian state."
In related news, former
Palestinian prime minister Ahmed Qurei said Sunday that the PA's move
to ask the UN Security Council to condemn Israeli settlements is a
unilateral step, "but it comes in response to unilateral Israeli
In an interview with Army Radio, Qurei, who is more
commonly known as Abu Ala, said: "All the agreements signed with Israel
say that unilateral steps are forbidden, but the settlements are just
such a move. In order for negotiations to succeed, it is important that
we stop unilateral moves."
Qurei also said that Palestinians
insist on obtaining recognition for a Palestinian state within 1967
borders, despite Israeli opposition, because "Since the PLO accepted
Security Council resolutions 242 and 228, efforts got underway to get
international recognition of Palestinian rights and a state, and this
continues today. Some countries that have not yet done their part to
recognize Palestinian rights, are doing so today. There's nothing
obscene about it and it's nothing new."