Palestinian president expects Israeli policies to lead for another war in 10 years
The Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, was quoted as saying Saturday that Israel's plan to impose its final borders deep inside the occupied territories while expropriating huge areas of Palestinian land for Jewish settlers will lead to another war in a decade.
Speaking in Gaza City, Abbas told the Guardian newspaper that the newly elected Israeli prime minister, Ehud Olmert, would jeopardize the possibility of long-term peace if he refused to negotiate an agreement that ordinary Palestinians considered just.
"The Israelis say: 'OK, we'll impose a unilateral solution' - which means that they will postpone, delay, the struggle and they will not solve the problem. OK, they can postpone it for 10 years. After 10 years our sons will feel it is unfair and they will return back to struggle," Abbas said.
"In Gaza they evacuated the settlements and left Gaza. But in the West Bank they will demarcate the borders and say: 'This is your state.' And they want our state within the wall without negotiations ... Nobody will accept it. The struggle will continue."
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