Two States and 'Two Statements’ instead of ‘Two Peoples'
Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad stalked out of a meeting with Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon in New York Tuesday evening after refusing to add the words “two peoples” to the phrase ”two states.” His refusal emphasized the PA's determination not to acknowledge that Israel is a "Jewish State."
The spat caused the cancellation of a scheduled press conference at the United Nations Ad Hoc Liaison Committee meeting. In a summary statement that was being prepared, Ayalon pointed out to Fayyad that the phrase "two states,” meaning Israel and the Palestinian Authority, was not followed by the usual term “ two peoples.”
Fayyad answered by simply walking out abruptly. The Palestinian Authority "won’t even agree on words, let alone actions," Ayalon commented on Voice of Israel government radio Wednesday morning. “Israel has done more to try to establish a Palestinian Authority state than they have done.
He said that the PA will be to blame if it walks out on the American-initiated talks because of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s plans to resume building Jewish homes in Judea and Samaria after the 10-month freeze expires next Monday.
“For nine and a half months, what did they say—'it [the freeze] is not serious so we won’t talk,'” Ayalon added. “Now they want to accept it, and this proves they are not serious in their intentions.”