'No room for Jews in the West Bank'

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ABU DIS, Israel - Former Palestinian Authority (PA) Prime Minister and chief PA negotiator said there will be no room for Jews anywhere in the West Bank (Judea and Samaria) in the future.

Speaking with Arab reporters over the weekend from his home in Abu Dis, Qureia said the gaps between Israel and the PA were as wide as ever.

"Our experiences have taught us that it's impossible to coexist with these [Jewish] settlers," Qureia told reporters.

While Israeli negotiators sought to retain the cities of Ma'ale Adumim, Ariel, Givat Ze'ev and Gush Etzion, which make up 6.8 percent of Judea and Samaria, Qureia said that's not enough.

"These settlement blocs constitute an obstacle to any future peace agreement," he said. "There can be no peace with the presence of these settlement blocs in the West Bank," he said.

Meanwhile, on Saturday, the UN Security Council held an "emergency" meeting behind closed doors to draft a resolution demanding that negotiations for a two-state solution continue.

On Monday, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will be at the UN to meet with members of the Quartet (United States, European Union, United Nations and Russia) and their Arab partners to discuss the Middle East peace process.

French UN Ambassador Jean-Maurice Ripert said his country had been urging the Security Council to be involved in the process.

"It is very important for the Security Council to show that they are on the side of the people on the ground," he said, "so for us it could be a very important milestone…to go forward to the solution of two states living side-by-side in peace," he said.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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