Abbas suggests no ‘right of return’ for Palestinians

President Mahmoud Abbas at the UN

President Mahmoud Abbas at the UN

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has suggested that he has no right of return to Israel.

Asked whether he wanted to live in Safed, the town now in northern Israel that he left in 1948, President Abbas said: “I visited Safed before once. But I want to see Safed. It's my right to see it, but not to live there.”

Speaking to Israel’s Channel 2 from Ramallah, he said: "Palestine now for me is '67 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital. This is now and forever ... This is Palestine for me. I am a refugee, but I am living in Ramallah. I believe that the West Bank and Gaza is Palestine and the other parts are Israel."

The UN General Assembly will decide whether the Palestinian Authority will gain non-member status later this month.

“There will no armed third armed intifada. Never," President Abbas said.

"We don't want to use terror. We don't want to use force. We don't want to use weapons. We want to use diplomacy. We want to use politics. We want to use negotiations. We want to use peaceful resistance. That's it."

Last updated: 12:26pm, November 2 2012