Thursday, May 19, 2011

Islamic Jihad Leader Rejects Two-State Solution to Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

by Fars News Agency

TEHRAN (FNA)- Islamic Jihad Leader Khalid al-Batsh rejected the West-sponsored plan for the formation of two governments in the occupied Palestinian territories, and underlined that Palestinian groups are resolved to continue resistance against Israel.

"Basically speaking, we did not raise the idea for the formation of a Palestinian state in the occupied territories of 1967," Batsh told FNA on Monday, adding, "The idea cannot be accepted and we believe that the entire Palestine is Arab and Islamic land and belongs to the Palestinian nation."

He also reiterated that formation of two separate Palestinian and Israeli states is a solution totally to the benefit of the Zionists, which does not serve the interests of the Palestinians since 78% of the entire Palestinian area will be confiscated by the occupying enemy.

The comments by the Palestinian leader came days after Thirteen Palestinian groups including, Fatah and Hamas, signed a landmark unity deal ending their long-running division.

Prior to the agreement, the Islamic movement Hamas was at loggerheads with Fatah, headed by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, since Hamas won the parliamentary elections in January of 2006. After winning the elections, Hamas took control of the Gaza Strip ending months of bloody conflict with Fatah allied security forces. Egypt and other Arab countries' attempts of reaching a reconciliation deal between the two largest Palestinian factions had earlier failed.

According to internal sources, the agreement will include formation of a caretaker government until elections take place in both the West Bank and Gaza.

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi welcomed the Palestinian reconciliation agreement, and called it a positive move towards materializing Palestinian people's goals and rights.


Fars News Agency

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