RAMALLAH, April 24 (JMCC) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas
warned Saturday that Palestinian public support for the two-state solution is waning.
Speaking before Fateh
's revolutionary council, Abbas also rejected an Israeli proposal for a state with temporary borders.
I warn that the idea of the one-state solution has begun more widespread among the public, Abbas told the group in a televised speech. The question is before Israel -- if you want a two-state solution, we are ready.
Abbas was ostensibly referring to poll results
published last week by the Jerusalem Media and Communications Centre, JMCC.org's parent organization, that showed that support for the one-state solution is at its highest levels ever.
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
reportedly proposed Friday the creation of a Palestinian state with temporary borders where Israel
would avoid provocations. The proposal is viewed as a means of sidestepping an ongoing dispute with the US administration and Palestinians over Israeli settlement
Washington has asked Israel to commit to a settlement freeze in the sensitive city of Jerusalem
, the eastern half of which Israel occupied in 1967. Palestinians seek to establish their future capital in the city's eastern regions and have rejected talks with Israel as long as settlement construction continues.
Abbas reiterated Palestinian rejection of talks before a settlement freeze in Jerusalem and the rest of the occupied West Bank
in his speech Saturday.
He also said that Fateh remains committed to reaching a reconciliation agreement with rival faction Hamas
, at the same time that he indicated that Hamas appears not serious in the ongoing talks.
Hamas parliamentarian Ahmed Bahar said in a statement from Gaza that Abbas speech was full of mistakes and not helpful to reconciliation.
Egypt has led talks to try to reconcile Fateh and Hamas, which have been in a struggle
over leadership since Hamas won a majority in parliamentary elections in 2006.
The Palestinian leadership has been divided between the Gaza Strip
and West Bank since 2007 when Hamas took control over security installations in fighting between its forces and Fateh-controlled security agencies.