Palestinian envoy sees Israel’s collapse under two states


JERUSALEM (JTA) — The two-state solution will cause the collapse of Israel, the Palestinian Authority ambassador to Lebanon said in an interview.

"With the two-state solution, in my opinion, Israel will collapse because if they get out of Jerusalem, what will become of all the talk about the Promised Land and the Chosen People?"  Abbas Zaki told Lebanon’s ANB TV. "What will become of all the sacrifices they made — just to be told to leave?

 "They consider Jerusalem to have a spiritual status. The Jews consider Judea and Samaria to be their historic dream. If the Jews leave those places, the Zionist idea will begin to collapse. It will regress of its own accord. Then we will move forward," he said in the May 7 interview, which was translated by MEMRI-The Middle East Media Research Institute.

"What is needed is a settlement, not a hudna [truce]," he said. "After 45 years of struggle, we have the right to reach a conclusion to this conflict rather than extending the hudna, enabling Israel to expand on a daily basis."

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