Published: Tue, May 09, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Abbas: Palestine Still Wants East Jerusalem and 1967 Borders


"But, hopefully, there won't be such hatred for very long".

"We hope this will be a new beginning", Abbas told Palestinians at a meeting in Washington on the eve of the talks.

Trump did directly implore the Palestinian leadership to end what Israel and the United States say is anti-Israel rhetoric.

What went unsaid Wednesday was Trump's willingness in February to back off a two-state framework. "How can you talk about peace and fund terrorism?" he said, calling on his Palestinian counterpart to "fund peace, not murder" and cancel payments to families of Palestinians imprisoned in Israeli jails. We will get it done. "But we will be working diligently".

The policy has always been a bedrock policy of successive U.S. administrations and the worldwide community.

Abbas said he believed their partnership could bring about a historic peace deal, emphasizing that he wants to see a Palestinian state with borders that existed prior to the region's war in 1967, with East Jerusalem as its capital.

But on Wednesday, Abbas made one thing clear - he is not equally content with a one- or two-state solution.

That danger was spelled out by veteran USA peace negotiator Dennis Ross recently: "What we can't afford is another big initiative that fails because that'll just feed the cynicism and disbelief. We believe you're willing, and if you both are willing, we're going to make a deal", Trump added.

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"This is a historic opportunity to pressure Israel... to find an equitable solution for the Palestinian people", he told CNN. "And in that, I also believe that we will be able to resolve the issue of the refugees and the issue of the prisoners", he added. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.

UN Security Council Resolution 2334 calls on Israel to "immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem" al-Quds. "... We are aspiring and want to achieve our freedom, our dignity, and our right to self-determination".

"Without this we will not accept any solution", said Abbas, who touted an Arab League peace plan that offers Israel diplomatic relations with the Muslim world for a Palestinian state.

Abbas said that Palestinians are raising their children in a "culture of peace", and that he aspires to a day when Palestinian children can grow up in a secure, peaceful and free environment.

U.S. and Israeli officials have, however, refused to confirm details of the visit.

"It's time for Israel to end its occupation of our people and of our land", he said. Trump was flanked by Vice President Pence and Secretary of State Tillerson. We've spoken with many of your great representatives. "We are having lunch together".

Brushing aside the complexities of a decades-old conflict that has beguiled successive U.S. leaders, Trump told Abbas that together with the Israelis they could bag "the toughest deal to make".

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