Abbas: Israel Must Choose Between Occupation or Peace

ANKARA, December 11, 2012 (WAFA) – President Mahmoud Abbas Tuesday said that the Israeli government must choose between settlement activities and occupation or a peace based on international resolutions.

He affirmed, during a press conference with his Turkish counterpart Abdullah Gul, that “if Israel chooses peace we will be ready to cooperate. However, if Israel chooses settlement activities especially in E1, we will adopt a different approach.”

Abbas said that the Israeli government’s recent announcement to build new settlement neighborhoods in the West Bank in particular in the Jerusalem region is a hostile act and a red line that Palestinians will not tolerate.

He affirmed the Palestinian Authority’s ongoing efforts to gain a full membership at the United Nations. “We are certain of the Turkish government’s support of the Palestinian bid. It is time to end the injustice that Palestinians have been suffering from for 65 years.”

“We want to achieve reconciliation, end blockade on Gaza and support the Egyptian efforts to implement ceasefire, until we get rid of the occupation,” he said.

He expressed appreciation to Gul’s political and financial support of the Palestinian people and reiterated the importance to strengthen the bilateral relations between the two countries.

Source: WAFA News