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Abbas: ‘Settlers’ have no right to ‘desecrate’ Temple Mount

reposted from The Jerusalem Post

by Staff

Abbas informed the Americans that he would follow through on his intention to seek Security Council approval for "an end to the Israeli occupation."

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas told a gathering in Ramallah on Friday that "settlers" have no right "to desecrate" the Temple Mount.

"This is our holy place," the Palestinian leader said. "Al-Aqsa is ours and the [Church of the Holy Sepulcher] is ours. They have no right to enter there and desecrate the place."

Abbas called on the Palestinian people to "unite in defense of Jerusalem."

The remarks were first reported on Friday by Israel Radio.

The Palestinian Authority has rebuffed the Obama administration's request to shelve the draft resolution it intends to submit to the UN Security Council calling for an Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank within three years, according to a report which appeared Friday in the Palestinian daily Al Ayam.

Washington had urged Abbas to wait until the start of 2015 before going to the Security Council. In the interim, the Americans pledged to pursue new avenues in hopes of restarting the abortive peace negotiations with Israel.

During his recent meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry on the sidelines of last week's donor conference for the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip, Abbas informed the Americans that he would follow through on his intention to seek Security Council approval for "an end to the Israeli occupation."

PLO Secretary-General Yasser Abed Rabbo told reporters in Ramallah that the PA’s move does not contradict US calls for the resumption of the peace talks with Israel.

The Palestinians would approach the Security Council at the end of October or in the next few weeks, he said.

“We’re not embarking on an adventure,” Abed Rabbo said. “The real adventure is to remain with the status quo.

Until now we have guaranteed the backing of seven members of the Security Council.”

China and Russia were among the Security Council members that would vote in favor of the plan, according to Abed Rabbo, which envisages the establishment of an independent Palestinian state within three years.

The PLO official predicted that France and Britain would either abstain or support the Palestinian motion during the vote.


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