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Palestine commits itself to the international law, to all the obligations emanating from the conventions and treaties we have signed. We will also submit the letters of accession to other relevant parties, especially concerning the non-proliferation treaty and to the registry of the ICC.
The Israeli government bears responsibility for the settlements. The Israeli prime minister has already chosen settlements rather than negotiation. He chose to dictate rather than pursue the peace process. Therefore, the Israeli government bears all the responsibility for this crisis in negotiations.
These are Jordanian-Palestinian borders, since Israel has finished its gradual withdrawal. We will not accept any Israeli staying on our eastern and western borders, nor in any port or passageway or territorial waters, or in Palestinian airspace. This is an independent, full sovereign state of Palestine.
There was talk about exchanging land of similar value. Let me say this: our attitude is that we can talk about that subject only in a case where Israel admits to our state according to the border of 1967, because land exchange is possible between countries, and it is a sovereign matter for each country.
We welcome international troops, and we don't reject their presence. We see it in different regions in the world, under peaceful circumstances in many.
I can't go deeply into the details of negotiations, but what must be constructed under the legitimacy of international law is clear and specific. A Palestinian state has no meaning without announcing East Jerusalem as its capital, and there is no Palestine without the Gaza strip as a part of it. Gaza means the Mediterranean and total incorporation. We are the same people. We cannot end this struggle without finding a solution for the refugee issue, referring to UN resolution 194.
Basically, this makes us admit that this land is a Jewish land, and I will not accept that at all. I will not change my religion, history and my culture. Political circumstances and international law say that there are two countries on the borders of 1967, and we accept that, but we will not accept Israel as a Jewish state under any circumstance.
Today, Mr Romney takes another step forward with a racist statement saying that it's because of the Israeli culture – it is better than the Palestinian culture. Look, Palestinians and Israelis may be in a conflict, but Palestinians and Israelis are people, equal, and such racist statements do not serve those who are trying to protect and save lives in this region.
We will do all that is in our power to force the Israeli government to stop settlement building, including in Jerusalem, and to accept the 1967 borders, in an attempt to preserve the option of a two state solution in the face of an Israeli government that is tactically destroying this option.
We appreciate the Europeans being payers, but we want the Europeans to be players. I'm not saying that because I woke up one morning and felt my conscience in love with Europe. I'm talking about geo-politics, talking about history, talking about interests. And if we need to dry the swamp of extremism in our region, we need to dry the swamp of this reoccupation. We believe that Europe should be the main partner, the main player, and that's what we're working on all the time.
It's very alarming and very dangerous what's taking place in Gaza, these clashes and these fights… more than 22 dead. Gaza is gone down the drain and chaos and lawlessness and those who rule by the sword will know that the sword will always be the communication language.
He can treat Israel like a country above the laws of men, apply double standards, but this will be a costly road, or he can have the Israeli government oblige with its commitments emanating from the road map. The two state solution with '67 boarders and stopping settlement activities including natural growth.
President Obama's speech laid the ground for the two-state solution. Now I hope that in the next few months President Obama will lay a real plan with timelines, monitors and mechanisms to implement and translate the vision of a two state vision to a realistic political track.
Clearly Mr Abbas' meeting with President Obama on the 28th of this month is a very crucial meeting, especially in the aftermath of Mr Netanyahu's meeting with President Obama. We appreciate very much what was said by President Obama to Mr Netanyahu, vis-a-vis his obligations on freezing the settlement activities, including natural growth (and) the two-state solution obligations.
Unfortunately, Mr. Netanyahu failed to mention the two-state solution, failed to mention the agreement signed, failed to mention his commitment to stop settlement activities. And the only thing he mentioned was Palestinians entitled to govern themselves by themselves.
How can I govern myself by myself as a Palestinian with his occupation going on, on my neck, on the hour every hour? With his roadblocks segregating our towns and villages and refugee camps?
The focal point now should be the total cessation of Israeli hostilities and attacks against Gaza. Gaza is the most densely populated area on earth, 1.5 million people facing a dire human catastrophe. No running water, no electricity, no medical supplies and I believe the international community should do the decent thing and should shoulder the responsibility by stopping the Israeli attacks.
Having said that, I hope the Israeli people will choose peace and to end the occupation, end such settlement activities, and chose a two-state solution. The state of Palestine. The state of Israel.
The challenges are big. The Gaza Strip has 1.5 million people whose needs must be provided for – electricity, water, medical supplies, food supplies – all their needs must be provided and nobody … Israel should not use this as a pretext….in Gaza in order to shut borders, Rafah, and so on. The people in Gaza have suffered enough and they cannot suffer more.
The current ground effort is focused on what you might call a Qassam net, which is the territories, the areas, from which the Qassam rockets were launched towards Israel in the last couple of months.
The international community cannot continue just watching things as if nothing is happening. We're a people with no armies, no navies, no airforce, and we are an international responsibility.
The task of this cabinet will be to see to it that this government will be in charge of preparing for the elections, continuation of the reforms, and the Palestinian elections will be held next July.