Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, stated Monday that the Palestinians will not start a new Intifada despite the fact that they are disappointed by the stalled the peace process, sponsored by the United States. Speaking to reporters in Argentina, Abbas said that the Palestinians are not thinking about a new Intifada, but instead they are thinking about peace and negotiations, especially after all of the suffering, shelling and displacement.
He also slammed Israel’s construction of the Annexation Wall and settlements, and Israel’s policies that prevent the Palestinians, Muslims and Christians, from reaching their holy sites in Jerusalem.
Abbas added that the isolation of Jerusalem, the Wall and the settlements will prevent the establishment of a Palestinian state, an issue which would jeopardize the whole peace process.
The Palestinian President further stated that the international community must be able to tell Israel that it is wrong, and that it should halt comply with the international resolutions and initiatives, especially with the Road Map Peace Plan and all related Security council Resolutions.
“Peace and occupation cannot coexist”, Abbas said, “Peace with settlements is impossible, we seek comprehensive peace”.
He also thanked Argentina for its continued aid to the Palestinians, and for voting for the Goldstone report at the Human Rights Council.
“The foundations of peace are known and internationally approved”, Abbas said, “Peace means ending the occupation of 1967, and establishing a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital. This will lead 47 Arab countries to fully recognize Israel”.