Don’t hold your breath, Mahmoud . . . on second thought, maybe you should.
Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas clarified his positions regarding the issues of Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria and the so-called “right of return” of Palestinian “refugees” in an appearance broadcast by PA TV, translated by MEMRI (Middle East Media Research Institute).
It is worth watching, for anyone who harbors any doubts regarding what the “moderate” PA leader seeks, in the negotiations with Israel. Abbas states clearly: no Jewish communities will remain in the PA, and 5 million “refugees” worldwide, “from Canada to Japan” – including all of the descendants of Arabs who fled Israel in 1948 – will have the right to “return” to Israel.
In his address, broadcast three days ago, Abbas rejects categorically even the idea that settlement “blocs” will remain in the PA state (“not one stone”) and says that any agreement with Israel will be brought before the Palestinian people worldwide, for a referendum that will accept or reject it.
In addition, Abbas emphatically reiterates his position that the Palestinian Authority will never recognize Israel as a Jewish state.