Abbas to Biden: Palestinian State Key to Beating ISIS

U.S. vice president met with Palestinian leader, who sent his condolences to the family of an American killed in a recent terror attack.

U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden (L) shakes hands with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank city of Ramallah March 9, 2016.
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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday that a victory over ISIS and terror requires the establishment of a Palestinian State within the 1967 borders.

Abbas also reportedly denounced "all forms of terrorism" after Biden criticized the Palestinians, demanding they condemn recent violence.

In a statement issued from his office, Abbas said the key to security and stability in the region is a plan that would give the Palestinians hope for a state.

Israel's continued occupation and the expansion of the settlements only moves this solution farther away and renders it ridiculous, he said in the statement.

The Palestinian news agency Ma'an reported that Abbas extended his condolences to the family of Taylor Force, an American who was killed on Tuesday during a terror attack in Jaffa.

Abbas added, however, that over the past five months more than 200 Palestinians were killed.

The agency said Biden had conveyed a message to Abbas that the United States was committed to the two-state solution.

Senior Palestinian officials said that Abbas made it clear to Biden at their meeting that any peace settlement must be based on UN resolutions. He also objected to the demand to recognize Israel as a Jewish state.

"We have no expectations of the Americans and are disappointed with Biden and the administration's statements and call to recognize Israel as a Jewish state," one official told Haaretz.