"It must be understood that setting preconditions even before the sides had a chance to sit at the negotiations table will bring about the failure of those talks," the vice PM said, adding that late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat "never presented preconditions and Abbas never demanded it from Olmert." Exactly and during the Oslo"Peace Process", Israel buffed up their settlement expansion two times the amount they did from 1977 to 1992. In the end, Arafat was given cottage cheese of territory and he in no way could accept that as a state. Abbas is seeking not to fall into that trap, but I'm afraid Mr Abbas is delusional because Israel has destroyed the 2 state solution as a result of their settlement enterprise and Judaization of East Jerusalem. One state is the only solution.
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