Abbas to Demand Terrorist Release, Construction Freeze
Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas plans to demand that Israel release arch terrorists and freeze construction in Judea and Samaria in return for Abbas agreeing to extend peace talks, the Al-Hayat newspaper reported on Sunday.
According to the report, Abbas plans to make these demands during his meeting with United States President Barack Obama in Washington on Monday.
The PA Chairman reportedly plans to demand that Israel release terrorists Ahmed Saadat and Marwan Barghouti.
Saadat, who heads the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), planned the assassination of Israeli Tourism Minister Rehavam Ze’evi in 2001. Saadat was sentenced in 2008 to 30 years in prison for heading the PFLP.
Barghouti, a senior member of Abbas’s Fatah party, is serving five life sentences for planning numerous terror attacks against Israelis.
From his jail cell, he has threatened Israel with a third intifada, albeit an unarmed once, and has declared he “would not give up and I claim that the right of return is a sacred right of the Palestinians.”
On Saturday, Abbas’s spokesman, Nabil Abu Rudeineh, said that the PA Chairman plans to speak with Obama on all issues related to the realization of a two-state solution and the establishment of a just and balanced peace that will result in the establishment of an independent Palestinian state whose capital is Jerusalem.
Abbas has consistently said that unless all his preconditions are met, there will be no peace with Israel.
In a recent appearance broadcast by PA TV, Abbas clearly stated: no Jewish communities will remain in the PA, and 5 million “refugees” worldwide, “from Canada to Japan” – including all of the descendants of Arabs who fled Israel in 1948 – will have the right to “return” to Israel.