Stalemate: Palestinian Authority’s Abbas vows no peace deal without Israeli withdrawal

Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas declared there would be no peace agreement with Israel unless Israel first orders all citizens from disputed lands.

He made the statements in direct response to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s push to bring any peace deal to referendum for approval.

To a Jordanian newspaper, Mr. Abbas said – just minutes after Mr. Netanyahu’s statements to his Cabinet – that “any solution must remove Israel permanently from Palestinian land,” Ynet News reported. He also echoed Mr. Netanyahu’s proposal and said that “any agreement reached with the Israelis will be brought to a referendum.”

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