There is a very good reason why Abbas is demanding this, right now.
Abbas knows that Olmert cannot negotiate on Jerusalem without Shas pulling out and destroying the coalition. He also knows that the Temple Mount is non-negotiable. So, in order to insure that the “peace process” is completely derailed, and, for good measure, that Israel is at fault, Abbas is making this demand right here, right now.
The truth is that the arabs don’t want a state. If they have a state they have to be responsible for education, government, establishing and maintaining schools, healthcare, sanitation, etc. etc. etc. What a pain!
They want to fight a constant war of publicity (with an occasional riot and a few terrorist attacks thrown in for good measure), and march around complaining that they are victims-- while collecting the money of international organizations and governments that want to hear, more than anything, that Israel is evil, that Jews are wicked, and that Jews are “occupying” Israel.
The arabs have a good gig. They don’t want to spoil this success!
There is no better way to insure that the PA state will fail, and that they can continue on the status quo as top-notch professional Jew-haters, than to demand the Temple Mount and Jerusalem right now.
Abbas: No PA State Without Jerusalem
(IsraelNN.com) Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas said Monday that the PA would not establish a state without Jerusalem as a capital city. Abbas has demanded that Israel give the PA all areas of Jerusalem that fell under Jordanian control between 1948 and 1967, including the Old City and the Temple Mount.
Abbas made his statements during a meeting of approximately 400 Arab leaders in the Mukata compound in Ramallah. The leaders met “to promote the Arab nature of Jerusalem and to fight Israeli plotting.”
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Monday that discussions over the status of Jerusalem would take place after negotiations on other “core issues,” such as the borders of a PA state. Shas party leaders say they will leave the coalition when Israel and the PA begin negotiating over Jerusalem.