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Mahmoud Abbas has just made an openly defeatist speech

19 2 10

In his speech at the Forum on Freedom and Peace at the presidential headquarters in Ramallah on Wednesday, in the presence of Israeli politicians, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas went further than ever to reiterate statements that he has made before but which are denied by his supporters.

“I want to meet with the younger generation in Israel,” said Abbas, “the generation for whose future we are working in order for them to live in security and stability in this region.” Check the video footage if you don’t believe that he said this. “In the case of refugees,” added the Palestinian Authority leader, “Israeli propaganda says that Abu Mazen [his own paedonym, or kunya] wants to return 5 million refugees to Israel to destroy the State of Israel. This never happened. What we did say is let’s put the refugee file on the table, but that we do not want to drown Israel in refugees to change its social makeup.”

Abbas accepted that Israel is “very sensitive” about its security. “We understand this. We appreciate that Israel is afraid of the future and of extremism.” He then went a step further and suggested that a third party be used to ensure security in the region before saying: “We agree to have NATO as this third party.”

In making this speech, Abbas has continued to deal shocks,........

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