Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas led a meeting of the Revolutionary Council of his Fatah faction on Tuesday, in which he laid out his foreign policy on key issues.
Abbas revealed that there are no contacts with Israel as part of “peace talks” at the current juncture in time, and warned of the “destructive” ramifications of the current status quo being allowed to continue.
It was in fact Abbas who torpedoed the last round of talks last April by unilaterally joining international conventions in breach of the 1993 Oslo Accords that established the PA, and by signing a unity deal with the Hamas terrorist organization in Gaza.
France is trying to get the UN Security Council to authorize a proposal on the Israeli-Arab conflict, according to Abbas.
He said the PA would only back a proposal that raises all of their demands, indicating the demand for an independent Palestinian state on the 1949 Armistice lines with the eastern part of Jerusalem as its capital, and a clear date set for the end of negotiations and implementation of PA sovereignty.
Abbas emphasized that the PA fundamentally opposes recognizing Israel as a Jewish state, reiterating his vehement rejection of the recognition that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu requested in talks.
If recognition of the Jewish state is included in the French proposal the PA will not back it, warned the PA chairman.
Abbas also revealed that in the international contacts aiming to reach a ceasefire agreement for Gaza several ideas were raised, including the establishment of a connection from Gaza to the sea port of Turkish Cyprus, as well as establishing an airport in Gaza. He blamed Hamas for the delay in international aid to Gaza, evidently pointing out the belligerent nature of his rival.
Israel has strongly opposed sea or airport access to Gaza, warning that such moves will give Hamas free access to weapons and intensify the conflict even further.