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Abbas says OK to demilitarized Palestinian state

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said to Israeli peace activists that he would approve the establishment of a demilitarized Palestinian state, which his close associates saw as a message to Israel that Palestinians want peace.
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RAMALLAH, West Bank — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met with Israeli academics and intellectuals Aug. 28 at the presidential palace in Ramallah in the West Bank, where he made unfamiliar statements about accepting a demilitarized Palestinian state.

Israeli press cited Israeli figures that attended the meeting, confirming that Abbas said, “I support a state along the 1967 borders, without an army. I want an unarmed police force with batons, not guns.”

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