Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, addressed the Israeli settlers in the Gaza Strip telling them Ã¢â‚¬Å“Go in peace, and come to visit us as guests and touristsÃ¢â‚¬Â.
The statements of Abbas came during an interview with the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth.
Abbas said that the settlers, who decide to visit the Gaza Strip in the future, will be welcomed Ã¢â‚¬Å“as tourists and guestsÃ¢â‚¬Â.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Come back as tourists, but do not return as settlers and occupiersÃ¢â‚¬Â, Abbas added.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“This should have happened in 1967, this step comes 38 years lateÃ¢â‚¬Â, Abbas added, Ã¢â‚¬Å“but now I tell you leave our areas, because occupation and peace do not co-existÃ¢â‚¬Â.
Also, Abbas added that the P.A is determined to bar any attempt to fire at the settlers and soldiers during the evacuation process.Ã‚Â
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Minor violations might happenÃ¢â‚¬Â, he said, Ã¢â‚¬Å“but Israel is also conducting violationsÃ¢â‚¬Â.
Abbas also said that the Palestinians and Israelis are destined to live together in this land, as neighbors, Ã¢â‚¬Å“this should be the base of a new, a peaceful new eraÃ¢â‚¬Â.
Abbas added that the Palestinian slogan which says Ã¢â‚¬Å“Gaza today, Jerusalem and the West Bank tomorrowÃ¢â‚¬Â, is legitimate, Ã¢â‚¬Å“this is what we are trying to achieveÃ¢â‚¬Â.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We will rebuild Gaza, it will be different than the Gaza Israel destroyedÃ¢â‚¬Â, Abbas stated, Ã¢â‚¬Å“but it is still early to celebrate, we will celebrate when the army and settlers leaveÃ¢â‚¬Â.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I will personally visit the settlements, I will go to Gush Katif and participate in the celebrationsÃ¢â‚¬Â, Abbas added, Ã¢â‚¬Å“I also respect the efforts Sharon is conducting, in spite of the opposition he facesÃ¢â‚¬Â.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“But if he [Sharon] wants real peace, then this withdrawal should not be the first and last step, he should do the same in the West BankÃ¢â‚¬Â.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Israel is evacuating from the Gaza Strip, the causes are not important, what is important is that they are leaving our landsÃ¢â‚¬Â.