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Trump’s decision on Jerusalem shatters the Palestinian old guard

Grant Rumley
9th December 2017 - Quoted by Raf Sanchez - The Telegraph

For more than 20 years, Saeb Erekat, the Palestinian’s chief peace negotiator, has chased the dream of a two-state solution and the hope of an independent Palestinian state.

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Israel would almost certainly never agree to a one-state model as it would mean that the Jewish state no longer had a Jewish majority. And Grant Rumley, a political analyst who wrote a biography of Mr Abbas, said he was sceptical that the elderly leader would take a radical turn away from two states.

“Abu Mazen is the reason Palestinians have embraced two states. He advocated for it the longest, he staked it out and he’s defended it within his own party for decades,” Mr Rumley said. “He is not going to be able to reorient the entire national structure towards a one-state solution, that would mean breaking down all the he has built.”

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israel, jerusalem, palestine