Saturday, October 29, 2011

Palestinian leader: Arabs erred on 1947 partition

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Palestinian president says the Arab world erred in rejecting the United Nations' 1947 plan to partition Palestine into an Arab and a Jewish state.
President Mahmoud Abbas also told Channel 2 TV in a rare interview with the Israeli media on Friday that he and former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert were "very, very close" to reaching a peace agreement in 2008.
"If he stayed two, three months, I believe that time we could have concluded an agreement," Abbas said.
He confirmed reports that Olmert had agreed to withdraw from 93.5 percent of the West Bank.
Abbas also said it was not clear the Palestinians could muster the requisite nine votes in the U.N. Security Council to approve the statehood bid they submitted last month.


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