Saturday, December 31, 2016

PLO rejects Kerry's anti-Israel plan - wants more

From Hamodia, 28 December 2016:


Mustafa Barghouti (AP Photo/Thierry Charlier, File)

Israel was not alone in criticizing Secretary of State John Kerry’s speech on Wednesday.
PLO Executive Committee member Mustafa Barghouti issued a three-point rejection of Kerry’s six-point peace plan, indicating how far from compromise the Palestinian leadership remains on the core issues.

First, you cannot make the issue of Palestinian refugees only an issue of compensation.” He ...insisted on the claimed “right of return,” something which Israeli leaders have agreed to only in token numbers at most.

Second, recognition of Israel as a Jewish state ...is totally unacceptable. Israel cannot be Jewish and democratic at the same time,” Barghouti said.

...“Third, his formula about Jerusalem is absolutely something that the Palestinians cannot accept. It must be clear that Jerusalem is east Jerusalem according to 1967 lines. East Jerusalem should be the capital of Palestine. How can it be a capital of two states,” Barghouti concluded, saying that 

[fourth] compromises to the 1967 borders cannot be tolerated...
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