Palestinian official: Netanyahu did not offer temporary-border state

08:09, April 26, 2010      

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A Palestinian official on Sunday denied reports that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had proposed creating a Palestinian state with provisional borders.

Nabil Abu Rdineh, spokesman of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, told the Ramallah-based Al-Ayyam newspaper that Netanyahu had not offered that kind of state to Abbas.

He added that the temporary-border statehood "is unaccepted since it means giving up (East) Jerusalem" as a future capital of the Palestinian state.

Abu Rdineh reiterated that the Palestinian leadership wants the statehood to be established via negotiations on all final issues that include Jerusalem, settlements, borders, refugees, water and security.

On Saturday, Abbas emphasized that the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) rejects such kind of statehood and warned that the stillness of peace talks fuels the idea of a binational state comprising Palestinians and Jews, which he does not want.

Abbas and his spokesman's comments came after a report of the pan-Arab Al-Hayat daily said that Netanyahu had proposed a Palestinian state on 60 percent of the West Bank's space and then negotiations on final-status issues can continue.



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