Thursday, March 10, 2016

PA Pres. Abbas Rejects New US Peace Initiative; Would Need to Recognize Israel as Jewish State

Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas turned down a new U.S. peace initiative presented to him yesterday during a West Bank meeting with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, the JTA (Jewish Telegraphic Agency) website reports today (March 10, 2016).

Abbas' rejection of the confidential peace initiative was revealed by a "source familiar with the details" of yesterday's meeting in Ramallah, the seat of the Palestinian Authority.

The new American initiative to start the peace talks included designating eastern Jerusalem as the capital of the future Palestinian state, halting settlement construction in the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem, Palestinian recognition of Israel as a Jewish state, and giving up the demand for a Palestinian "right of return."

Palestinian political analysts played down the significance of Biden's visit to Ramallah and his peace proposal.

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