12 December 2014

Abbas' Cairo Interview: The Demise of Israel: Hidden in Plain Sight

12 December 2014


The Demise of Israel:  Hidden in Plain Sight

Here are three quotations from the interview given by PLO appointed Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to the Egyptian newspaper ‘Akhbar Al-Yawm’ on 30 November 2014.

Israel must recognize the June 4, 1967 border.
We cannot recognize a Jewish state.
There are six million refugees who wish to return, and by the way, I am one of them.
(MEMRI 05 Dec 2014 Special Dispatch 5898)

The occasion was the meeting of the Arab League on the previous day in Cairo where the Arab League restated its position as:

categorical rejection of recognizing Israel as a Jewish state
(Al-Ahram online 29 Nov 2014)

These terms were almost identical to a statement by the 22-member body made earlier in the year when the Council of the Arab League stated that it:

emphasizes its rejection of recognizing Israel as a ‘Jewish state’
(Al-Jazeera online 09 Mar 2014)
The same Al- Jazeera article observed that:

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