....er make that a FAIL MARY!
So then why didn't Fatah and Abu Mazen accept it then? probably because he was in a better position with the Arabs at that point. this new offer is an act of desperation from a man who is irrelevant to the Arabs. Israel already made this mistake with his predecessor Arafat.
Abbas Prepared to Exchange Land for Peace with IsraelOn March 19 Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas was the guest of the Israeli Channel 2 show “Meet the Press.” The main points of the interview were the following (according to Israel Channel 2 TV, March 19, 2011):
– The peace process and an agreement with Israel:
Mahmoud Abbas said that he had no objection to meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu “anywhere.” He said the negotiations would resume when Prime Minister Netanyahu had made it clear that he was willing to accept the 1967 borders as a basis for negotiations and to freeze the building in the settlements for a number of months. He said that the negotiations would lead to the end of the conflict and cancel the historical territorial claims of both sides.
He said that he was prepared for an exchange of territories, and that if Netanyahu made a proposal similar to the one suggested by [former Israeli prime minister] Ehud Olmert he would accept it.
He emphasized that he would not accept a state “with temporary borders” as the negotiations’ final goal, but was ready to accept a final status arrangement implemented in stages, one of which would be a state with temporary borders.– Internal Palestinian reconciliation:
He said that although many countries had already recognized a Palestinian state, he did not want to declare an independent state “on paper,” and preferred a peace agreement with Israel.
Mahmoud Abbas said that the two parts of the Palestinian people, those in the West Bank and those in the Gaza Strip, had to be united. He claimed that the schism within the Palestinian people was an obstacle to peace and served Israel as an excuse not to go forward with the negotiations.– The murder in Itamar:
he is right on that one. not having power is an obstacle to taking Abu Mazen's word.
He expressed confidence that Hamas would not win elections in the West Bank, but nevertheless said that elections would be held and the Palestinians would choose whom they wanted, even if it were Hamas. He said the Palestinians were peace-loving and that even if Hamas should win the elections, Israel had nothing to fear.
so Abu Mazen has confidence that Hamas won't win an election... and that Hamas was into "PEACE". the denied correlative is Hamas is not into promoting the piece - "PEACE" and if they were then Fatah would win the election
He said that Hamas had expressed readiness to accept a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders and was currently preventing rockets from being fired from the Gaza Strip. He added that he hoped that the Palestinian Authority would be able to turn Hamas into a “peace movement.”
Mahmoud Abbas again denounced the murder of the Fogel family in the village of Itamar. He claimed he denounced it as soon as he heard about it. He emphasized that the deed was an exception to Palestinian tradition and morality. He claimed that the senior figures of the Palestinian Authority doubted whether the murderer was a Palestinian, because “it is unthinkable that a Palestinian aware of his own actions could kill a three month-old baby.”
the last one was the biggest fraudulent statement of all. He had to be talked into saying something about the Fogel people by the Obama administration and his own people within Fatah called the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades were the criminals who did the act.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas declared that there will be no peace with Israel until all Palestinian prisoners and detainees are released from Israeli jails.
then he changes his min again...
Abbas made the comments during a meeting in Ramallah with Bil'in protest organizer Abdallah Abu Rahmah, who was released from an Israeli prison. (Elior Levy)