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Thursday, February 16, 2017

PA: We're committed to the 'two-state solution'

The Palestinian Authority (PA) on Wednesday evening reacted to the meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

A statement from PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas’s office said that the PA remains committed to the two-state solution and is willing to work with Trump’s administration to achieve a peace agreement.

At the same time, the statement criticized Netanyahu and claimed that “Israel’s insistence on destroying the two-state solution will lead to more extremism and more instability.” Abbas has steadfastly refused to negotiate without preconditions. PA glorification of terrorists and maps that eliminate Israel indicate that his long term goal is one Arab state from the Jordan to the Mediterranean.

“We are ready to work positively with the Trump administration in order to bring peace,” the statement continued, “but the Israeli Prime Minister’s return to using language which dictates the continuation of Israeli control over the western borders of Palestine, as well as his demand for recognition of Israel as a Jewish state - all these are attempts to impose facts on the ground, destroy the two-state solution and replace it with the principle of an apartheid state.”

The statement also welcomed Trump’s call during his meeting with Netanyahu on Israel to "pull back on settlements”.

It said that Abbas “demands that (Israel) agree to (Trump's call), and that of the international community, to halt all "settlement" activities including in occupied East Jerusalem." READ MORE