Abbas does not want Israelis in future Palestinian state

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has said that no Israeli settlers or border forces could remain in a future Palestinian state as he laid out his vision for the final status of Israeli-Palestinian relations ahead of peace talks due to resume in Washington.

U. S. Secretary of State John Kerry (R) meets with the Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization Mahmoud Abbas. Credit: Thaer Ghannam/AA/ABACAPRESS. COM

Abbas said that and that Palestinians deem all Jewish settlement building within the land occupied in the 1967 Middle East war illegal.

"In a final resolution, we would not see the presence of a single Israeli - civilian or soldier - on our lands," Abbas said in a briefing to mostly Egyptian journalists.

"East Jerusalem is the capital of the state of Palestine ... if there were and must be some kind of small exchange (of land) equal in size and value, we are ready to discuss this - no more, no less," he said.

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