PA Can Deal With ‘Any’ Government Seeking Two States

YERUSHALAYIM -

The Palestinian Authority took the Israeli elections as an opportunity to say that it would resume peace talks with any Israeli government that abides by U.N. resolutions calling for the establishment of a Palestinian state within the pre-1967 lines with eastern Yerushalayim as its capital, The Jerusalem Post reported on Wednesday.

However, PLO Executive Committee member Hanan Ashrawi said she did not expect the creation of a “peace coalition” in Israel. “The chances for peace will not increase suddenly,” she said. “I don’t expect the establishment of a peace coalition or camp in Israel.”

Osama Hamdan, a senior Hamas official, was even more negative. He said that regardless of who is in power in Israel, “all governments would continue with the occupation and the suppression of the Palestinians.”