Jordan king slams PA over concessions
AMMAN, Jordan, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- King Abdullah of Jordan slammed the Palestinian Authority for making what he called great concessions to Israel that were unacceptable in the past.
"We wish the Palestinian leadership could define clearly what it wants and to stop surprising us from time to time with decisions and concessions that were previously unacceptable," Abdullah said in an interview to be aired on Dubai-based al-Arabiya television.
Abdullah charged in the interview, excerpts of which were broadcast early Tuesday, Yasser Arafat's PA is apparently willing to accept the return of less than 50 percent of the Palestinian territories captured by Israel in the 1967 Middle East war.
"In the beginning the return of 98 percent of the Palestinian territories was requested ... Now they are talking about less than 50 percent of the land and in one year or two maybe the percentage will be less than that," Abdullah said.
He said only a few years back making such concessions was considered "treason."
"Also on the issue of refugees, in the beginning they were talking about their return or compensation ... Now they are discussing the return of just a small percentage," Abdullah said.
"It is unfortunate to hear that what was unacceptable in the past has become today a main demand and a great achievement."
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