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February 14, 2005

Palestine and Israel Are Inching Towards Peace

Steven Erlanger writes in the NYT about his 40 minute interview with Palestinian Authority Leader Mahmoud Abbas. Highlights from the article:

1. Abbas will be 70 on March 26 and plans to retire after one, five-year term.
2. Abbas wants to negotiate permanent borders and not declare a sovereign state under temporary borders.
3. A refugee himself, Abbas cares about upholding UN Resolution 194 which declared all Palestinians have the right to return to their homeland or be compensated.
4. Abbas on Palestinians: "They want job creation, they want to eat, and they want security."
5. He encourages Hamas and Islamic Jihad to put up candidates for local elections, because he sees it as part of the process of turning the groups into political parties. He believes that democracy will grow in Palestine and doesn't want to deny any Palestinians the right to participate in the democratic process.

Posted by cj at February 14, 2005 2:37 PM

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