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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Fayyad and PA split over unilateral statehood

Unelected 'Palestinian Prime Minister' Salam Fayyad is at odds with his colleagues in the 'Palestinian Authority' regarding the usefulness of the unilateral declaration of a 'state' of 'Palestine.'
The Palestinian Authority reaffirmed on Monday its determination to unilaterally seek recognition by the international community for a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders despite statements to the contrary by PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad.

The announcement came amid talks in Ramallah of mounting tensions between Fayyad and the PA leadership over whether the Palestinians should proceed with plans to unilaterally declare a state without agreement with Israel.

Fayyad declared over the past few days his opposition to the PA's intention to seek unilateral statehood. He explained that the Palestinians do not want a "Mickey Mouse" state that has no sovereignty.

"We are looking for a state of Palestine, not a unilateral declaration of statehood," Fayyad said.

His statements drew criticism from some PA and Fatah officials in the West Bank.

Yasser Abed Rabbo, a senior PLO official and close advisor to PA President Mahmoud Abbas, announced that the Palestinian leadership would pursue its efforts with the UN Security Council and General Assembly to win backing for a unilateral declaration of statehood.

"We are working to ensure the backing of as many countries as possible [for the unilateral declaration] before the next session of the UN General Assembly," Abed Rabbo said. He also criticized the US Administration for opposing the idea.

A top aide to Abbas said in response to Fayyad's remarks: "The prime minister expressed his personal opinion. The Palestinian leadership has a different view."

Fatah sources told the London-based Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper that Fayad's statements were "unacceptable, incomprehensible and surprising." The sources said that the statement contradicted efforts made by Fatah and Abbas to gain international recognition for an independent Palestinian state. PA negotiator Saeb Erekat contacted Fayyad to reprimand him and ask him to explain his comments, the sources added.

Another negotiator, Nabil Sha'ath, said in response to Fayyad's statements: "The Palestinian people do not need the permission of anyone to declare their independence."
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At 8:54 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

If the Palestinians push it, Israel should prepare to annex Yesha. If they want to deprive the Jewish State of its rights, there is no reason Israel has to sit there and take it.

Israel's leaders need to make clear to the PA that it if it seeks to sidestep negotiations, Israel will takes what measures it sees fit to protect its interests.

At 11:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, it was his baby to begin with, guess it got coopted by thugs with more juice. But since the Palis don't need Israel to do anything but smile politely while they put a gun to its head, why oh why are Obama and Clinton and MItchell and all the court Jews dragging Bibi and Livni and Barak from pillar to post and why do the latter two seem to enjoy it so much? Is it an opportune moment to strip the Waqf of archeological and administrative duties over the Temple Mount or is this imprudent? They could be freed up to give Islamic 101 lessons to Ms. Ashton and the structure could receive a respite from the interminable Masonic halls of mystery they keep constructing down there..


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