Hamas PM blasts Palestinian leader over '1967' remarks
Ismail Haniyeh says comments made by President Mahmoud Abbas in an interview to Israel's Channel 2 - in which he supported a Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders - are 'extremely dangerous.'
Hamas' prime minister has criticized the Palestinian president for comments given to Israeli media, alleging that they contradict longtime Palestinian territorial demands.
Ismail Haniyeh said Friday that Mahmoud Abbas' remarks, aired the previous night on Israel's Channel 2, were "extremely dangerous."
Abbas was speaking about borders of a future Palestinian state and said the West Bank, Gaza and east Jerusalem are Palestine - and the rest is Israel.
He said that while he would like to see his birthplace - Safed, now a town in northern Israel - he doesn't want to live there.
The fate of refugees who fled, or were forced to flee their homes in the wake of Israel's creation in 1948 is on one of the most emotional issues at the heart of Israel-Palestinian conflict.
On Thursday, Abbas said that as long as he remains in power, he will not allow a third, armed intifada -- or uprising -- to break out.
Channel 2's political correspondent Udi Segal, who interviewed Abbas, tweeted parts of the interview: "We will not go back to terrorism and violence," Abbas was quoted as saying. "We will only operate through diplomacy and through peaceful means."
During the interview, Abbas addressed accusations put forth by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his administration, who recently claimed that Abbas's true objective is a state within the 1948 borders. Netanyahu's advisers laid that claim following a post the PA President published on his Facebook page.
In the interview, Abbas said that although he is a refugee from Safed, he does not intend to return to the city as a resident - if anything, he would visit as a tourist. "Palestine for me is the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as the capital, this is Palestine, I am a refugee, I live in Ramallah, the West Bank and Gaza is Palestine, everything else is Israel."
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