Frustration Behind Abbas' call for unilateralism

09:52, December 02, 2010      

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by Adam Gonn

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has once again raised the possibility of unilaterally declaring a independent Palestinian state without signing a peace agreement with Israel.

After a meeting with German President Christian Wulff in Bethlehem on Tuesday, Abbas told reporters that if talks with Israel fail then the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) will look for other options to achieve independence.

Abbas expressed his frustration with the efforts by the United States to restart the direct peace negotiations with Israel and told the Palestinian Maan news agency that "we will go to other options within the framework of peace and international legitimacy, to arrive at the establishment of an independent Palestinian state. "

After the latest round of negotiations came to a halt in September with the end of Israel's 10-month freeze on Jewish settlements building in the West Bank, there has been frenetic diplomatic activity in public and behind the scenes as the U.S. administration coaxes the parties to resume talks.

However, these efforts haven't brought about the desired outcome, as Israel has yet to vote on the U.S. incentives it has been offered as these haven't been formalized in documents and the Palestinian demands for the new moratorium to include east Jerusalem have been rejected by Israel.

Analyst told Xinhua that when Abbas talks about unilateralism, he gets Israel's attention because it's seen as a warning, but it could also be seen as a sign of frustration with the lack of progress in the peace talks with Israel.

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