Palestinian Territories

Abbas won’t stand


Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority has said that he will not stand in the elections scheduled for next year.

The president has proposed a settlement freeze of two to three months in order to get the peace talks started once more. In reply, Israeli Foreign Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, has said that they will not freeze settlement activity ‘for even three hours’.

Elsewhere, Kheld Mishael, the Head of the Political Bureau for Hamas has said that they are willing to give Israel one year to examine the establishment of a Palestinian state based upon the 1967 borders.

Following the deal last week between Fatah and Hamas both sides are expected to free prisoners, in the next few days, held since the split four years ago.

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