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Amidst the Clatter, Abbas Shows He is Not Serious

September 24, 2011

Much has been made of Palestine’s application for admission to the UN as a member state, this week.  However, reading a little closer, I was interested to see on what basis Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas submitted his application.

Waving a copy of the document over the UN podium, Abbas said he had submitted an “application for the admission of Palestine on the basis of the June 4, 1967 borders” with Jerusalem as its capital.

Interesting that Abbas chose previously-rejected borders which Israel has stated are “indefensible”.  Surely, this represents the wishes of the Palestinians, but it is hardly offering a realistic olive branch of compromise.  Further, specifying Jerusalem as its capitol is equally fallacious.  Israel will never give up Jerusalem (nor should they).

Israeli Foreign Minister, Avigdor Lieberman got it right when he noted that Abbas’s move “proves that the Palestinians have no intention of negotiating with Israel.”

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