Beilin: Abbas is a Man of Peace

Beilin: Abbas is a Man of Peace

 Ma'an News Agency

4.8.2011
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President Mahmoud Abbas is a man who believes in peace but Israel disappointed him by leaving him without a peace partner, said Yossi Beilin, former Israeli minister of justice and co-architect of the Geneva Initiative. 
 
In an interview on Ma'an TV, Beilin urged both the Palestinians and the Israelis to commit to peace because it was the only vision that would remain "despite the fact that the right wing won elections both in Palestine and Israel."
 
Peace is the strategic vision which can save the area from its security, political, and economic problems, he added. The separation wall will fall eventually and be replaced with economic cooperation, development and prosperity, he said.
 
Asked about settlements, Beilin said most settlers were extremists living in the West Bank for ideological reasons. The settlers who were attracted by economic incentives and cheap housing were in the minority, Beilin added.
 
Regarding the growing social movement protesting in Tel Aviv over housing costs, Beilin said he did not expect the demonstrations and was "not smart enough" to predict their outcome.
 
"The Israeli leadership is still in shock and they don't know how to deal with these demonstrations," he added.