The Jerusalem Post is reporting that after a meeting of the Arab League in Libya, the Palestinian Authority has threatened to declare unilateral statehood unless Israel accepts a moratorium on the construction of settlements.
The Palestinian Authority announced over the weekend – following the Arab League meeting in Libya that gave the US a 30-day grace period to get Israel to agree to another settlement construction moratorium – that it was considering “alternatives” in case the peace talks collapsed, including seeking US or UN recognition of an independent Palestinian state. In Libya on Saturday, PA President Mahmoud Abbas asked Arab leaders to consider alternatives to the negotiations, said Saeb Erekat, a top aide to the Palestinian president.
Erekat said Abbas asked Arab leaders “to press the American administration to recognize an independent Palestinian state within the borders of 1967.” If the Americans reject the request, the Palestinians might take up the issue with the Security Council nonetheless, Erekat said. Abbas told the summit that he did not expect Israel to budge on the settlement issue, and that in the meantime opposition to continuing the talks is building among the Palestinian people, according to two Arab diplomats. “We have exhausted all our alternatives,” the diplomats quoted Abbas as saying. They spoke on condition of anonymity in order to discuss information from the closed session.
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Analysis. M. S – More of the Same which is right after B. S. and before Piled higher and Deeper (Ph. D.). These “negotiations” were doomed from the start because the Muslim side does not want true negotiations. They want abject Israeli surrender and they want the United States to force same. It is “we either get what we want or we don’t play”. The only way that you will get the “Palestinians” to agree to a real peace treaty is to beat the stuffing out of them. When they are on their knees with the sword about to remove their heads, then they will make peace. That is unless the regular Palestinians, Jordanians or Egyptians, overthrow the PA and make peace.