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Abbas aide 'warns of apartheid' if Netanyahu re-elected
Published Saturday 19/01/2013 (updated) 20/01/2013 21:18
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Palestinians walk near the Israeli separation wall in the early morning
to an Israeli checkpoint in Bethlehem, which controls access to
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NEW YORK (Ma'an) -- An aide to President Abbas said Friday that the Holy Land will end up with an apartheid system if Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu is re-elected on Tuesday, The Associated Press reported.

Muhammed Ishtayeh, a senior Fatah official, told AP that Abbas has warned that continued settlement building will make the two state solution impossible, leading to "an apartheid style state, similar to the one of former South Africa."

"In the long run it will be against the Israeli interests because ... we Palestinians will be the majority and will struggle for equality," he added.

Abbas has repeated this message during several meetings with Israeli leaders in the past year, Ishtayeh said, adding that the president told Israeli politicians that some Palestinians "are now calling for the one-state solution, because they no longer see the two-state solution viable."

The PA believes that the two state solution is possible, Ishtayeh said, but "Netanyahu and his current and upcoming coalition are killing this solution, they...will be intensifying the buildings in the settlements, and they have no peace platform."

Settlements under Netanyahu

Recent opinion polls show Netanyahu is still set to win this week's election, and the Likud leader openly defied international calls to halt settlement building during media interviews on Friday.

"The days of bulldozers uprooting Jews are behind us, not ahead of us," Netanyahu told Maariv newspaper. "I do not volunteer concessions. Our record shows that. We have not uprooted any settlement, we made settlements stronger."

Israeli anti-settlement group Peace Now said Wednesday that approval for construction in 2012 far exceeded by a "record level" the counts for the previous two years.

Netanyahu's settlement policies "disclose a clear intention to use settlements to systematically undermine and render impossible a realistic, viable two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict," Peace Now said.

Just two months ago, pro-settler hardliners swept the primaries in an internal Likud vote that tossed out some of Netanyahu's closest allies, seen by some party members as lagging in their support of settlements.

One Likud candidate likely to win a Knesset seat is far-right settler Moshe Feiglin, who said earlier this month that "every Arab family in Judea and Samaria can be given an incentive of half a million dollars to encourage their emigration to a place where they will find a better future."

All Israeli settlements built on occupied Palestinian territory are illegal under international law.

Reuters contributed to this report
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1 ) Robert Haymond / Israel-Gush Etzion
19/01/2013 22:21
More propaganda from a phoney non-state!

2 ) The Impossible & / The Possible
20/01/2013 00:44
Abbas' aide is an idiot, since "the Holy Land" is already two states: 1- a UN Member, Sovereign State of Israel, and 2- a UN Non-member, Non-sovereign State of Palestine, so "ending up with an apartheid system" is Impossible, but PALESTINE remaining WITHOUT both BORDERS & SOVEREIGNTY indefinitely IS totally POSSIBLE, AND becoming more LIKLEY everyday !!

3 ) Outlier / USA
20/01/2013 01:31
More action on peace talks and fewer PA pronouncements, please!

4 ) gabi / australia
20/01/2013 02:02
" . . .the Holy Land will end up with an apartheid system . . ." "End up with"? What would you call the current situation if not apartheid?

5 ) Vacy / Australia
20/01/2013 05:15
It's already an apartheid state.

6 ) Colin Wright / USA
20/01/2013 09:28
OMG! You mean...Israel might BECOME an apartheid state? That would be awful... (actually, it would be something of an improvement. After all, 'apartheid' at least implicitly accepted the concept of a bantustan. Israel hasn't quite reached that level of morality yet.)

7 ) Robert / US
20/01/2013 16:43
Peace not Apartheid

8 ) Mel / USA
20/01/2013 18:01
Zionist-led Israel is ALREADY an apartheid state,& has been for DECADES.Jewish Zionist apartheid makes S/African apartheid look relatively'FREE'!If Religious-Nationalist,settler-king Bibi reigns again,the Shas,Kahanist,Baruch G,'Rabbinical'maniacs with no Judaic NESHAMA,will don Schachter-Swastika's & the true soul of Judaism-in Israel(&USA)-will be the ''price tag'along with Israel's CharterofIndependence,Torah Umadda etc.Powerful Zionists want their"final solution"over Judaism's body,TOO!

9 ) Apartheidstein / The EU
21/03/2013 09:30
It already IS an apartheid state. Abbas' declaration is yesterday's news.
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