(MENAFN- Qatar News Agency) Mallah may 09 (qna) - palestinian president mahmoud abbas has anew held the israeli occupation authorities responsible for the stalled peace process owing to their non-commitment to release the 4th batch of the veteran palestinian prisoners and halting the settlement activities.
in a live interview with the newly launched 'awda' tv channel and relayed by palestine tvon friday abbas urged the arabs to provide the financial safety network to the palestinian authority in face of the escalating israeli pressures.
asked about measures to be made to return to the negotiations process abbas made clear that first of all israel should be committed to release the 4th batch of the veteran palestinian prisoners and then it could be possible to go to a nine-month negotiations period and during the first three months negotiations will focus on the chart and the borders and at the same time israel completely and fully halts its settlement activities.
concerning the present palestinian political and diplomatic current efforts abbas said 'we have to continue our realistic and rational policy which does now allow others to blame us but gains us international win either in europe and the us and with time elapses it will win voices inside israel itself and then the situation would change and becomes like south africa one day inshallah god willing.
president abbas reiterated his emphasis on the importance of the palestinian move at the international level adding that the palestinian side did not make any request outside the agreed upon framework and what palestine has got at the united nations is that the land of palestine is a land of an occupied state with al quds as its capital .
the palestinian leader went on to say that israel for the first time faces the fact that this land is not for them and not disputed this is the land of the palestinian people to build upon their state on the 1967 borders.
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president abbas said in the interview that it was israel that had halted the negotiations not the palestinians and that israel had threatened to stop allowing the transfer of funds to the palestinian authority (pa) a threat he called a form of "gangsterism." he said that so far he had not heard a response from israel on the resumption of talks but that the palestinians continued to plan on joining international organizations if israel does not agree to the three conditions which the pa has set and outlined.
in april palestine applied to join a number of international treaties after israel failed to release a group of palestinian prisoners in israeli jails for more than two decades.
abbas added that he was not going to disband the palestinian authority but that if israel wants to "bring down" the palestinian authority that it should do so and that in that case palestinians have the right to go to international bodies and to demand israel take responsibility.
abbas also commented on demands that the palestinians recognize israel as a jewish state highlighting the contradiction of the israeli request in light of israel's failure to recognize the palestinian people.
elaborating abbas further said "since 1948 israel does not recognize the palestinian people and since 1967 it does not recognize the palestinian people and those who gave them the balfour declaration and the mandate do not recognize the palestinian people and israel believes that they live by chance in this country."
president abbas went on to say "in response to israel's request to recognize the 'jewish state' we said that we did not hear about the 'jewish state' three years ago" he continued. "we told them that we recognize the state of israel" highlighting that israel "signed a peace accord with jordan and egypt and did not make this request and (israel) can go to the un and change the name of the state" as they like abbas told awda tv channel .
abbas also spoke about the internal organization of the fatah party stressing that it was in need of internal reorganization and would have a general conference in august in order to prepare for palestinian elections.
palestinian general elections which have not taken place since 2006 would take place within 6 months he added.
in late april the two major palestinian political parties hamas which controls the gaza strip and fatah which controls the west bank through the plo reconciled after nearly seven years of palestinian political division.
the move followed a near breakdown of peace talks after months of israel's continued construction of jewish-only settlements in the palestinian west bank and led israel to halt the us-backed negotiations.(end)
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