Mahmoud Abbas said in a speech to supporters that he will not recognize Israel as a Jewish state and will not sign a peace deal that does not include eastern Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state.
The Palestinian Authority chairman made the inflammatory remarks yesterday during a visit by hundreds of Palestinian activists to his Ramallah headquarters in Samaria.
Abbas also told the delegation that without East Jerusalem as the capital of the future Palestinian state, there will be “no peace between us and Israel.”
According to Ma’an, Abbas promised he would reiterate this stance during a meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry today.
“He will be told that occupied East Jerusalem is the capital of the state of Palestine, and without this there will be no peace between us and Israel,” Abbas insisted.
He added that he heard that the Israelis had refused to mention Jerusalem in any talks or negotiations. “Let them say whatever they say,” he responded. “Unless it is mentioned clearly and marked in big fonts that it is the capital of the state of Palestine, there will be no peace with them and I want them to hear this.” “Our language is understandable. We have been hearing lots of talks about the capital here and there. The (Palestinian) capital is Jerusalem and its surroundings in Jerusalem which were occupied in 1967.”
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