Abbas Says No To Provisional Palestinian State

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas made it clear that during the recent Annapolis conference he turned down flat any discussion of creating a Palestinian state with provisional borders. “There was talk about a state with provisional borders. We reject provisional borders, because there (borders) will be final.” At the conclusion of the Annapolis conference, Abbas and Olmert made a jooint declaration whose second step of the three stage roadmap called for “creating an independent Palestinian state with provisional borders and attributes of sovereignty.” It now appears that Abbas is rejecting what he agreed to at Annapolis. He also said it would be impossible to recognize Israel as a “Jewish state” because 1.5 million Arabs live in that nation. President Abbas made clear to Hamas leaders there would be no talks unless Hamas relinquishes control over Gaza which they seized several months ago.

There apparently is considerable confusion regarding what delegates agreed to at Annapolis. Regardless of whether or not President Abbas is correct in rejecting the concept of “provisional borders” it is clear Annapolis was a mismanaged affair in which failure to have a clear agenda has resulted in considerable misinterpretations. This writer believes it is time for the United States to get out of this entire situation due to our ineptness and the lack of trust felt by Muslims towards President Bush. We suggest asking Turkey to assume the role of mediator and to organize future meetings between Israel and the Palestinians. Turkey has excellent relations with both Israel and Arabs. Perhaps, a fresh face might lead to fresh hopes.

  • mendy

    the only clear pattern that i see in all your articles is your hate for bush and his administration…….
    but for once you actually make a valid point annapolis was confusing your reasons for this confusion are wrong.
    in my opinion and in few words annapolis was used by each participant for his own advantage.
    and more or less empty of any news just a nice show so obviously the whole had to show the cracks pretty fast and this is what is happening….each protagonist ”explains” his position to his people without denying anything or officially killing the already dead summit …..
    is it very clear my dear chomsky….it is clearly confusing and meant to be………

  • http://www.theimpudentobserver.com Fred Stopsky

    Mendele, I disagree with most views of Mr. Chomsky. My point is simple, if Bush and his incompetents had done planning, they would have ensured that no statement came out of THEIR CONFERENCE that could be misinterpreted. Annapolis was a failure and did not assist moving forward. I repeat my desire, have the United States withdraw from serving in a mediating role and ask Turkey to assume that responsibility. The Turkish government recently brought together the presidents of Israel and Palestine for meetings and at the conclusion of their sessions, neither person thought he was misunderstood. You are very emotional and at this point in time true supporters of Israel must remain calm.

  • mendy

    i am first and foremost calm and lucid
    i agree about the disaster of our dear bush on many things (irak is one,middle east is two)….
    i despise the way you spell and spill it all over this blog and on every subject you have a chance to….
    now to get to it: this summit was mrs rice idea not bush;bush asked her a month before the summit if she could make it happen she answered ”i’m trying” they clearly did their best and nobody made it easy for them.
    now for the results: me and you are looking at the core issues,core clashes in the middle east and solutions to it. on this annapolis wasn’t a technical failure but really accomplished nothing; to gather so many people after such hype for nothing means:failure
    now if you look deeper: bush doesnt care about a real solution,every president before him failed he won’t risk his last year for another disaster in the middle east he just wants to be at the ring to watch the fight and make the comments.
    the time around he gathered an impressive array of guests(every arab state was there except terrorists and iran) and made an incredible PR campaign.i call this success.
    olmert was in trouble on many subjects at home and with now a new cancer and few police investigations he came back from annapolis a winner.here again success.
    abbas went back home with a state within a year no concessions to israel YET, full support of bush for that state,tons of cash,and couple gestures from israel before the summit.
    again clearly success and u can see this week hamas wants to negotiate with fatah and is talking ceasefire with israel…..
    even syria came and left with no direct attack and no commitment to do anything to be able to attend…..and being convinced it will fail they come out strong as well…..
    you see only winners!!! it wasn’t meant to move forward it was PR which im ok with you the author are just looking at it with the wrong perspective

  • Mitch

    The Turks? The Turks!?! Are you on heroin?

  • http://www.theimpudentobserver.com Fred Stopsky

    The Turkish government three weeks ago brought together the presidents of Israel and Palestine for productive talks. Turkey has excellent relations with Israel, they even conduct joint military exercises. Turkey is led by the Justice an Development Party, a party that is viewed as conservative Muslims. They are respected in the entire Muslim world. Turkey at this point is the only Muslim nation with excellent relations with both sides. You obviously don’t know much about Turkey and its relationship to Israel and Palestine. I suspect you have typical American attitudes to Muslims.

  • mendy

    actually fred is right about turkey the only issue is why spoil such good relations on a sure failure…..
    palestinians are now cut in two one part islamist the other part barely surviving and with growing problems ie: too weak
    both will not make acceptable concessions to make it viable for israel to accept.
    weakness and corruption doomed the chances of oslo if there was any back then.now more than ever a deal is impossible especially with palestinians.