By Qais Abu Samra
Palestinian officials on Friday rejected an Israeli offer to establish a railway link between Palestine, Israel and several Arab states.
“Israel offered us the chance to participate in a railway scheme linking Haifa [in Israel] to Jenin [in the West Bank] to a number of Arab capitals,” Palestinian Civil Affairs Minister Hussein al-Sheikh tweeted Friday.
“But we rejected the offer,” al-Sheikh said. “We won’t normalize relations with Israel and we won’t take part in economic solutions that perpetuate the occupation.”
The Palestinian leadership, he added, rejects any solution that does not include the establishment of a Palestinian state on pre-1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.
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