Palestinian presidency rejects Israeli "unilateral actions"

May 31, 2012 9:32 am 

RAMALLAH, May 30 — The Palestinian presidency on Wednesday said it rejects any Israeli unilateral steps that may lead to a Palestinian state with provisional borders.

The unilateral steps "result in the continuation of conflict instead of solution … They even kill the idea of two-state solution," said Nabil Abu Rdineh, spokesman for the Palestinian presidency.

His remarks came after Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Wednesday that Israel considers "unilateral actions" if peace talks with the Palestinians remained stalled. These actions include withdrawal from parts of the West Bank, similar to the Israeli disengagement from Gaza in 2005.

"The Palestinian side is committed to a just, lasting solution and a state being established on the 1967 borders," Abu Rdineh said, referring to the territories that Israel occupied after its six-day war with Arab states. He stressed that East Jerusalem should be the capital of the future state. "Without Jerusalem, nothing will be acceptable," he said.

Negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians came to a standstill in 2010 due to differences on Jewish settlement construction in the West Bank. (PNA/Xinhua) dct/RSV/mmg


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