Frustration Behind Abbas' call for unilateralism (2)

09:53, December 02, 2010      

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While reaching an agreement within the framework of negotiations conducted under U.S. supervision still remains the preferred option by Abbas, the renewed call for unilateralism can be seen as sign of frustration, said Joshua Teitelbaum, a principle research associate at the Inter-Disciplinary Centre in Herzliya north of Tel Aviv.

"It gets Israel's attention because it is a threat to act outside of negotiations," he said, adding that "Israel's position is that it wants these issues to be settled within the framework of negotiations."

However, the Palestinian unilateralism may very well lead to unilateral actions by Israel, such as annexing the three major settlement blocks in the West Bank, namely Ariel, Maale Adumim and Guch Etzion, according to Teitelbaum.

As what might be the reason for the renewed call by Abbas, Teitelbaum said that it should be seen as a sign of frustration with the lack of progress in the talks with Israel, as Abbas needs to show the Palestinian people that he is doing something.

Regarding what kind of support Abbas might be looking to get for any future unilaterally declared state, Teitelbaum said that " he (Abbas) must have been told in some foreign capital that there would support for this."

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