Abbas: I Agreed to a United Jerusalem
Palestinian Authority head Mahmoud Abbas told Arab television network Al-Jazeera Saturday that he had reached agreements with Ehud Olmert - when Olmert was prime minister - that Jerusalem would not be divided. The two leaders agreed, he said, that Jerusalem would remain open to all religions and would have two municipalities operating side by side, one Jewish and one Arab.
The so-called "1967 borders" are the borders established by a ceasefire agreement between Israel and Jordan in 1949, after the failed attempt by numerous Arab armies to annihilate the Jewish people in the Land of Israel, three years after the Holocaust. A second genocidal plot against Israel in 1967, and another Israeli victory, brought about the liberation of Israel's timeless capital, Jerusalem, and the Biblical national heartland of Judea and Samaria.
It is not known what caused Abbas to make an apparent about-face in his normally intransigent rhetoric and choose a conciliatory tone. One cause might be a perception that there is less support from the United States administration for a confrontation with Israel, and that Binyamin Netanyahu's government is more stable than Abbas had hoped.