Disagreements regarding new Palestinian border 18Sep13 September 18, 2013

Palestine News Network     -      17 September 2013

abbas10_340_220Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas announced on Sunday that the border between the future Palestinian state  and Jordan will extend from the Dead Sea, through the Jordan Valley, and all the way up to Beit She’an, The Jerusalem Post reported.

The newspaper quoted Abbas as saying, “We are working with the US administration and the other members of the Quartet [the UN, the EU and Russia] to make the peace process succeed.”

“This is a Palestinian-Jordanian border, and that’s how it will remain,” he added, “Frankly Israel won’t be present between us and Jordan.”

An Israeli government official responded to Abbas’s comments about the new Palestinian border by saying that “if there is going to be a peace agreement, the Palestinians will have to engage seriously on Israel’s security concerns.”

According to the official, “If the Palestinians want to see an independent state, they have to be able to deal seriously with Israel’s security concerns. If they run away from this issue, they will be pushing away the chance of the deal and the creation of an independent Palestinian state.”

Abbas expressed the PA and PLO dedication to reaching a just and lasting solution to Israel’s occupation.  He said, “If there are good and peaceful intentions, then we are ready for peace,” but insisted that the border of the Palestinian state will extend all the way up to Beit She’an, the newspaper added.

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