As Olmert, Livni, Ramon continue on the road of appeasement, including imminent release of 90 more terrorist murderers and their accomplices, and of planning the displacement of over 100,000 Jews, thousands of young Jews respond by beginning new outposts.
But, as Arafat did so many times in the past by his rejection, Abbas may yet again save us from our own anti-faith leaders. MB
An offer similar to the 92 percent of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip for a Palestinian state extended at Camp David in 2000 would not be enough, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas told The Washington Post in an interview due to be published on Sunday.
He insisted on the pre-1967 borders, speaking ahead of Tuesday’s scheduled meeting with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in his Jerusalem succa to discuss a memorandum of understanding on principles for a peace deal.
On Friday, Abbas told AFP he thought a final agreement could be hammered out within six months of the November talks.
Speaking with the Washington Post, Abbas said Saudi Arabia would be at the conference.
“Saudi Arabia had reservations in the beginning because the whole situation was very vague. Now, everything is clear. Yesterday, I met with [Saudi Foreign Minister] Prince Saud al-Faisal, and he was satisfied. So I believe they will attend the conference,” Abbas said.
A working group of Israelis and Palestinians is also expected to begin hammering out a joint understanding between the two sides to be issued at the conference.
Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni met with Abbas in New York on Friday to discuss the November talks. PA Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki, Abbas adviser Yasser Abed Rabo and former PA Prime Minister Ahmed Qurei (Abu Ala) were also present.
Neither she nor Olmert supports a return to the pre-1967 border.
President Shimon Peres on Sunday signed 26 pardons for some of the Palestinian prisoners set to be released the following day in a good will gesture to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
26 of the 90 prisoners scheduled for release were convicted in Israeli civilian courts, so their release warrants the president’s pardon. The remaining prisoners were convicted in military courts and therefore require the pardon of an IDF major general.
In yet another ‘gesture to empower’ Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has given permission for the Orient House to reopen, according to PA newspaper reports. The Orient House was closed several times in the past, most recently in 2001 after the Sbarro terror attack in August of that year. No date has been set yet for the ‘gesture,’ the reports said, but the PA has applauded Olmert’s intent.
Meanwhile, Internal Security Minister Avi Dichter denied the report. Speaking to Arutz 7, Dichter said that there was no basis for the report, and that there was no intention on Israel’s part to reopen the building.
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