Palestinians ready to return to talks, Abbas says

2011-09-23 20:46

New York - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Friday he was ready to return to the negotiations with the Israelis, saying he did not want to isolate or delegitimise Israel.

"Here I declare that the Palestine Liberation Organisation is ready to return immediately to the negotiating table on the basis of the adopted terms of reference... and a complete cessation of settlement activities," he told the UN General Assembly.

But he maintained previous peace talks were "smashed against the rocks of the positions of the Israeli government, which quickly dashed the hopes raised by the launch of negotiations last September".

The Palestinian leader won huge applause and a standing ovation on Friday from some of the assembly as he entered the hall shortly after asking the UN to admit the state of Palestine.

There was also applause when he paid tribute to the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, during his speech to the annual assembly meeting.

And he sought to reassure the Israelis: "Our efforts are not aimed at isolating Israel or delegitimizing it; rather we want to gain legitimacy for the cause of the people of Palestine."

"We only aim to delegitimise the settlement activities, the occupation and apartheid and the logic of ruthless force, and we believe that all the countries of the world stand with us in this regard."

  • veld66 - 2011-09-23 21:03

    Return to talks with killers??? people who were saved from extinction are now trying to make Palestinians extinct Agrrrrrrrrrrr! Jewish people are hated world over, they cant travel freely

      WATCHMAN - 2011-09-23 21:10

      @veld66 - you are a wicked and vile person. Let me tell you that according to Genesis 12:1-3 you are under a curse because you choose to curse Israel.

      Ali Akbar - 2011-09-24 09:27

      Abbas every time you open your mouth you lie!

  • Boxxer - 2011-09-23 21:38

    There will never be peace.

      thetruth - 2011-09-23 22:00

      Yes Boxxer there will never be peace as long as the apartheid,terrorist state of israel continues killing ppl(women & children) and stealing land...the cursed nation does not seek peace,instead deceiving the world with their lies and filth...god has cursed them so much so that the land they continue stealing is not blessed with oil...BUT GOD ALMIGHTY HAS PLANS FOR THESE EVIL LOT...and the amazing thing is that they know this fact.

      africanwolf - 2011-09-23 22:05

      @ thetruth Israel does not need oil they have enough brains to survive without it I agree with you God has a plan for those who want to destroy Israel

      Organist-1 - 2011-09-24 08:31

      Short and sweet facts. Get the 4000 year history right first. God led the Israelites with Joshua into the land He promised them. David and Solomon had Jerusalem as the Capital. ( Called the City of David). And @the(brainwashed)truth---- There are morer lies and filth and abomination amonst Palestinians than anywhere else on earth. They are the ones who teach 6 yr olds how to kill. They are the ones who teach young kids how to tie explosives around them, walk into a supermarket and then blow themselves up. and you call yourself @thetruth? World wide muslims want to dictate to get their way. Christians are not welcome in Muslim states. (beheaded if seen carrying a Bible). And you don't call that apartheid 9Or even human rights??? get a life man.

      Ali Akbar - 2011-09-24 09:18

      Organist - 1 Absolutely correct. The shocking video Muslims don't want you to see!!

  • smirkie7875 - 2011-09-23 22:36

    so many agree words

  • thetruth - 2011-09-23 22:36

    F..K the person who filters these news24 comments...a racist dog who probably serves his masters by erasing anti jewish/anti white comments

      africanwolf - 2011-09-23 22:44

      @ thetruth they are just washing dirty mouths before publishing comments respect other people, then they will respect you. no need to swear @ other people on forums we know you hate Jews now you hate white people too go see a psychologist I think you have a problem.

      Ali Akbar - 2011-09-24 09:21

      Actually better for thettruth to turn to THE TRUTH, JESUS IS THE TRUTH AND THE WAY!

  • Askthequestionfirst - 2011-09-23 22:41

    so many words of hatred

  • vis vang - 2011-09-23 23:12

    @Watchman, I curse them everyday, so what will my punishment be exactly? Perhaps I'll only make R 6 million this year as opposed to R7 million. Trying to quote from the bible to people who don't believe in it is just asinine. Ezekiel 23:19-21 19 Yet she became more and more promiscuous as she recalled the days of her youth, when she was a prostitute in Egypt. 20 There she lusted after her lovers, whose genitals were like those of donkeys and whose emission was like that of horses. 21 So you longed for the lewdness of your youth, when in Egypt your bosom was caressed and your young breasts fondled. How is it that none of you zealots every quote the juicy bits? I can cherry-pick verses with the best of them.

      Messenger - 2011-09-24 00:14

      So what's wrong with the juicy bits?

  • simplyme - 2011-09-23 23:43

    Funny thing about all the Israel lovers, they don't seem to know their Bibles very well. If they did they would know that God Himself has removed the Kingdom from the Jews and we are now under a new dispensation. So I ask along with Paul: "who has bewitched you oh foolish, etc." They are no longer the chosen people, so wake up and get real folks!

      Messenger - 2011-09-24 00:18

      No, it's you who doesn't know the Bible well. God made an everlasting covenant (blood covenant) with the Jews. Do you know what that means? It means, it can never be broken. So wake up and get real, fool.

      Arno Young - 2011-09-24 11:41

      @Messenger. I do not agree with simplyme. I agree with you. I would however remind you of Matt 5:22. Peace.

      simplyme - 2011-09-24 13:31

      "There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country: And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it. And the husbandmen took his servants, and beat one, and killed another, and stoned another. Again, he sent other servants more than the first: and they did unto them likewise. But last of all he sent unto them his son, saying, `They will reverence my son.' But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, `This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance.' And they caught him, and cast him out of the vineyard, and slew him." "When the lord therefore of the vineyard cometh, what will he do unto those husbandmen? They say unto him, `He will miserably destroy those wicked men, and will let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits in their seasons.' Jesus saith unto them, `Did ye never read in the Scriptures, "The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?" Therefore say I unto you, The Kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof'" (Matthew 21:33-43)

      simplyme - 2011-09-24 13:31

      "Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith [as the Roman centurion manifested], no, not in Israel. And I say unto you, that many shall come from the east and west [Gentiles from outside of Israel], and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the Kingdom of Heaven. But the children of the Kingdom [the Jews] shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth" (Matthew 8:10-12)

      simplyme - 2011-09-24 13:32

      "`I speak that which I have seen with My Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father.' They answered and said unto him, `Abraham is our father.' Jesus saith unto them, `If ye were Abraham's children, ye would do the works of Abraham. But now ye seek to kill Me, a man that hath told you the truth which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham. Ye do the deeds of your father.' Then said they to him, `We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God.' Jesus said unto them, `If God were your Father, ye would love Me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of Myself, but He sent Me. Why do ye not understand My speech? Even because ye cannot hear My word. Ye are of your father the Devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do! He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it'" (John 8:38-44)

      simplyme - 2011-09-24 13:32

      "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. For I say unto you, Ye shall not see Me henceforth, till ye shall say, `Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord'" (Matthew 23:37-39)

      simplyme - 2011-09-24 13:33

      "Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye. Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? And they have slain them which shewed before of the coming of the Just One; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers!" (Acts 7:51,52)

      simplyme - 2011-09-24 13:33

      "Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: but he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also" (1 John 2:22,23)

      simplyme - 2011-09-24 13:33

      "The Jews . . . both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they please not God, and are contrary to all men: Forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they might be saved, to fill up their sins alway: for the wrath is come upon them to the uttermost" (1 Thessalonians 2:14-16)

      simplyme - 2011-09-24 13:34

      If the flesh and blood Jews were no longer to be the chosen people of God, what about all of the promises that God made to Abraham? Did God break His Word? If the Jews were to ultimately be "cast out" as Jesus said, then had God's plan failed? The answer, of course, is no, God's plan didn't fail! His promises to Abraham have been fulfilled absolutely. Here's how: The Scriptures tell us that "without faith it is impossible to please God" (Hebrews 11:6). As you may recall, this is why God blessed Abraham in the first place, "And he [Abraham] believed in the Lord; and He counted it to him for righteousness" (Genesis 15:6). Abraham was blessed and chosen of God because of his faith. The flesh and blood Jews were ultimately rejected by God because of their lack of faith! Therefore, Abraham was not so much the father of the Jews as he was the father of the faithful, those who have faith. Thus, Abraham's "seed" today are all of those--whether they are born Jew or Gentile, who believe in and receive God's Son, Jesus Christ the Messiah!

      simplyme - 2011-09-24 13:34

      "Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the Gospel unto Abraham, saying, `In thee shall all nations be blessed.' So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham. . . . That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith" (Galatians 3:7-9,14). In other words, God is saying that His children, His Israel, the "seed" or children of Abraham in whom all nations are blessed, are not merely those who are born of a certain race, but all of those who have given their hearts to Him by faith in His Son, Jesus.

      simplyme - 2011-09-24 13:35

      "For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel: Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children. . . . That is, they which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God" (Romans 9:6-8). "For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God" (Romans 2:28,29).

      simplyme - 2011-09-24 13:36

      Once we have received Jesus and are born again of His Spirit, we are liberated from the fleshly bounds of race and nationality: "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise" (Galatians 3:28,29). Christians!

      simplyme - 2011-09-24 13:37

      "But ye [born-again Christians] are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvellous light: Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God!--Which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy" (1 Peter 2:9-10).

      simplyme - 2011-09-24 13:37

      "But as many as received Him [Jesus], to them gave He power to become the sons of God; even to them that believe on His name. Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of Man, but of God" (John 1:12,13). God is still "not willing that any should perish" (2 Peter 3:9), and He yearns for all men, whatever their race or background, to come to personally know Him and His Love. His arms and His Kingdom are open wide to anyone--Jew or Gentile--who will simply believe on His Son Jesus and receive Him into their lives. "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life" (John 3:16).

      simplyme - 2011-09-24 13:45

      Enough verses for you Messenger? Or would you like more? God does change His mind sometimes, and He certainly did change His mind on the Jews who rejected Him and His Son Jesus. When given the choice they cursed themselves and proclaimed loudly, "crucify Jesus and let His blood be upon us and our children." At which point God ripped the curtain of the Holy of Holies to show the Jews that God was no longer with them and they had indeed lost the Kingdom. They can however repent and receive Jesus as their Lord and Saviour and be restored once again. Instead of attacking me and calling me a fool, maybe some actual verses would be more helpful. Peace.

      Messenger - 2011-09-24 16:58

      @simplyme Personally I couldn't help but think that your comment was malicious. You see, some Muslims use our own scriptures against us to promote their own agenda. So, sorry for mistaking you for one of them and calling you a fool. I agree with you, but the fact that Jews killed and rejected Jesus and thereby jeopardised their own salvation is no excuse for anti-Semitic behaviour. We must reach out to the Jews with the same love with which we reach out to others. Also remember, we should not support Muslims who terrorise Israel and seek Israel's destruction. That is against God's plan for Israel. Peace and blessings

      Tentbewoner - 2011-09-24 20:04

      @Simplyme Keep your comments short.It's long,and then it's a lot of rubbish.Do you know what "replacement theology"is?It's people like you who thinks God rejected his people,the Jews and think the church took there place.Wrong!Only the church dispensation started.Rom 11:25In the prosess you make Him a lier.Do you for one moment think He didnt know they gonna reject Him?You beter read Isaiah 46:9-10.If you read Romans 11 you will see Gods plan for Israel and the end of the age for the gentiles(thats us).If you think God rejected Israel then usually the prohesies doesn't make sense for people like you,because the prophesies is all about the Jews who have to accept Jesus Christ as there saviour.That will happen after the rapture,when Jesus came like a thief in the night to snatch away His bride the Church.

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