Abbas says will halt direct talks if pressed on borders
Roee Nahmias
Published: 06.09.10, 17:24
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1. Big Baby
Yehuda Ben Moshe ,   Kfar Saba, Israel   (09.06.10)
All this guy does is threaten, threaten, threaten to leave the "talks" if it doesn't go his quit then already....sheech...
2. Abbas the King of the utopians
AlbertoGA ,   St.George, USA   (09.06.10)
He want this and that, WOW ! Now that he is visiting Tunisia he should find a nice House and move there. Israel is not for Sale
3. Then these aren't negeotiations and Netanyahu should leave
The Dude   (09.06.10)
If he had any dignity or self-respect. This is incredible a man whose entire position is literally dependent on the IDF protecting his chain smoking ass from being overthrown by Hamas is making such audacious demands. The point of negotiations is give and take, and not that Israel gives everything and that he takes everything. If he cannot grasp this, this set of negotiations are indeed still born and we should state it clearly. No compromise, no talks.
4. Abbas a fool for not demanding "Arab vote"
Steve Benassi ,   Silver Bay, MN USA   (09.06.10) Palestine Israel. '67 borders will perpetuate Jewish military dominance over the entire region forever. Only with the "Arab vote" and majority rule will the Arabs achieve equality with the Jews. But, no worries, talks will fail on '67 borders, and the "Arab vote" will be the end result, eventually.
5. Bye, Bye מותק
Yossi G. ,   Jerusalem   (09.06.10)
6. Israel can live in hope
Danny   (09.06.10)
that Abbas means it...
7. i will quit or better yet
moron ,   galut   (09.06.10)
run for re-election now 2 years late..why talk to wrong party as israel is doing if it wants 'peace'?..only to appease chattering classes in the west i.e. 'progressive opinion'.For real peace talk to arab states about re-partitioning mandatory palestine ino one arab state[jordan] and the jewish state-egypt gets gaza
8. Abbas says will halt direct talks if
Aryeh ,   Bat Ayin   (09.06.10)
Hillary Clinton farts Bibi blowshis nose Barak scratches his head Tzipi Livni scratches her tochas etc etc etc blah blah blah blah blah When will our government wake up and call his bluff?
9. if palestinians aren't conceding anything, why talk?
mike ,   israel (formerly usa   (09.06.10)
let's save everyone the time and trouble and go ahead and end this now because that will be how it's guaranteed it's going to end (unless israel bows and gives up something for nothing, which is possible i guess). what a waste of time.
10. He wants a "Palestinian nation-state", but refuses to accept
Jehudah Ben-Israel ,   Qatzrin, Israel   (09.06.10)
Israel right to be, to exist as the nation-state of the Jewish people. For him Jerusalem is Arab, refusing to accept that Jerusalem has been the center of Jewish existence for more than 3,000 years. He wants Arabs to flood Israel, but refuse to accept that Israel already has been "flooded", by nearly 800,000 Jewish refugees expelled and/or fled Muslim-Arab countries, including the West Bank, Gaza and eastern Jerusalem. He wants the Arabs in Israel to continue to benefit from Israeli citizenship, but refuse to see a single Jew residing in a future Palestinian political entity. Etc., etc. etc. Perhaps it is time to re-thing: With whom are we dealing...??!!
Mark from Georgia ,   USA   (09.06.10)
As usual the Palestinians come to the table unwilling to negotiate. This has happened many times, Israel comes with a give and take attitude, while Palestinians come with demands they will not budge from. This why the talks have always failed. It ticked off Clinton years back, which was why Bush 2 didn't want get involved in what he considered a lost cause. Now history repeats itself. The 67 borders, Israel has no problem with a land swap and Abbas already in earlier talks indicated some movement on this issue, I think it was about 1.5% of land. With the so called "right of return" issue, Israel has almost no room at all. Israel cannot allow all people who identify themselves as refugees back into Israel. It would be demographic suicide. So if that is a deal breaker for the Palestinians they can just walk away now, and, save us all time and energy. The new Palestine is where the refugees will go, with exception of maybe 100,000. But how you would decide which 100,000, would be an insurmountable task. So it would better they all go to their new state.
12. Then leave already
Robin ,   US   (09.06.10)
Then what's the point of negotiating if you're not willing to compromise?
13. Obama, Clinton need to stop lying to the American people
Dr. L. Brnd ,   San Diego, USA   (09.06.10)
The centerpiece of what the Obama regime has to say to America is the Big Lie propaganda that "settlements" and "construction freeze" are the main obstacles to his often-stated "2 states for 2 peoples". As Abbas latest proclamation demonstrates, the PLO rejects making peace with Jewish Israel, continuing the 63-year rejection of the 1947 UN "Jewish State/Arab State partition" - BECAUSE THEY STILL REJECT A JEWISH STATE WITH ANY BORDERS. As Abbas has just once again reinforced. And Hamas, ruling and representing half of Abbas' "palestinian people",and over whom he has no control, reject any settlement or peace with israel. So the real obstacles to peace are the absolute rejection of Obama's "2 states for 2 peoples" by Abbas (unless the 2 states are Arab states) and the fact that Abbas does not have any ability to deliver on the 50% of the "palestinian people" he claims falsely to represent. The President of the United States is either too dishonest or too dumb to recognize these realities and represent them accurately to the American people. All we hear from this cheap Chicago political hack is "freeze", as it that will solve anything.
14. There's Nothing To Discuss!
Bill Foonman ,   Jacksonville USA   (09.06.10)
In typical Islamic Taqiya fashion, what is discussed with Israel and the U.S. bears no resemblance to what Abbas tells the Arabs. There is not a hope in hell that Israel will concede anything that the Palestinians are demanding - nor should they. They want a Palestinian state but refuse to recognize Israel as a Jewish state because they really want all the land from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean. In your wildest dreams Abbas!
15. #4, do not be so sure
There are millions of Chines and Idian Zionist jews just waiting to come to EREZ ISRAEL. Remember no one expecting the Russia Jews. If you are smart, you would take the deal and run.
16. Ok let's go home then
Daniel   (09.06.10)
What's the point in negotiating if the Palestinians will never change their position?
stude ham   (09.06.10)
in 1967 the arabs were bent on pushing israel into the ocean. well abbas can be and should be pushed into paliland... namely jordan.
18. moronic demands
X'   (09.06.10)
Israel should threaten to walk out unless the following demands are met: 1) Palestinian right of return is dropped 2) Jerusalem internationalized 3) Large settlement outposts left in Israeli hands. 4) Palestinian state agrees to no army and borders to be defended by NATO forces 5) Palestine to agree to end of conflict
19. "will halt direct talks if pressed" Thank you for the truth.
Bunnie Meyer ,   Los Angeles, CA USA   (09.06.10)
20. Hey Abbas, need some help with your suitcase?
Chaim ,   Israel   (09.06.10)
The best thing Abbas could do for Israel is quit the "peace talks". Israel would KEEP Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, defensible borders, freedom from rockets, freedom from inundation by hostile Arabs. It's an infinitely better deal for Israel than talking to Abbas. Hey Abbas, need some help with your suitcase?
Ian ,   Newcastle upon Tyne,   (09.06.10)
It looks to me that the only only thing that Abbas is prepared to discuss is the date of Israel's capitulation to all his current demands. This is a farce,but not funny. THREE CHEERS FOR ISRAEL!!!!
22. #17,stude ham,NOT JORDAN,MUNICH
Ian ,   Newcastle upon Tyne,   (09.06.10)
When Abbas finally becomes an irrelevance,which should be soon,there'll be no more need to protect him. Why send him to a comfortable,peaceful retirement in Jordan?Put him on a plane under guard to Munich with a demand that he finally stands in court there for his part in the Munich massacre. THREE CHEERS FOR ISRAEL!!!
23. UN resolutions
peter vojta ,   czech republic   (09.06.10)
Abbas needs to stand for UN resolutions against Israel-full stop.peter czech
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