Frustration Behind Abbas' call for unilateralism (3)

09:53, December 02, 2010      

Email | Print | Subscribe | Comments | Forum 

LOW PUBLIC BACKING

Mahdi Abdul Hady, chairman of the Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs, believed that Abbas' declaration was a sign of frustration that "he has been waiting and waiting for the United States but nothing has happened."

Hady also said that Abbas needs to be seen as doing something. "He can't be seen as being idle while the construction of Israeli settlements continue."

The idea of unilateralism has been around since the 1980s. But according to Nabil Kukali, director of the Palestinian Center for Public Opinion, the scheme doesn't have solid support in the Palestinian society.

"I did a study on this, only 35 percent of the people I asked supported it," he said, quoting a recent poll.

Asked why the support was so low, Kukali said that it was likely due to the fact that many Palestinians don't believe that such a move would be viable.

If Abbas would try to seek international recognition of a unilaterally declared state, the case will be taken to the UN. Most local analysts believe that this will be vetoed by the United States.


【1】 【2】 【3】 【4】

(Editor:燕勐)

  • Do you have anything to say?

双语词典
dictionary

  
Special Coverage
  • Premier Wen Jiabao visits Hungary, Britain, Germany
  • From drought to floods
Major headlines
Editor's Pick
  • Chinese Navy soldiers hold an evening party marking the upcoming 62nd National Day aboard Chinese Navy hospital ship "Peace Ark" in the Pacific on Sept. 28, 2011. The Chinese National Day falls on Oct. 1. (Xinhua/Zha Chunming)
  • Photo taken on Sept. 30, 2011 shows the crowd at the plaza of Beijing Railway Station in Beijing, capital of China. The railway transportation witnessed a travel peak with the approach of the seven-day National Day holidays on Friday. (Xinhua)
  • A man wearing high-heel shoes takes part in the 3rd annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, an event when men literally walk in women's shoes to raise awareness about ending violence against women, at Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto, Canada, Sept. 29, 2011. (Xinhua/Zou Zheng)
  • Photo taken on Sept. 29, 2011 shows a cargo ship in danger on the sea near Zhuhai City, south China's Guangdong Province. Cargo ship Fangzhou 6 of Qingzhou of southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region lost control after water stormed into its cabin due to Typhoon Nesat on the sea near Zhuhai Thursday, leaving 12 crew members in danger. Rescuers rushed to the ship and saved them by using a helicopter. (Xinhua)
  • Actress Gong Li poses for L'Officiel Magazine. (Xinhua Photo)
  • Demonstrators from the Occupy Wall Street campaign hold placards as they march in the financial district of New York September 29, 2011. After hundreds of protesters were denied access to some areas outside the New York Stock Exchange on September 17, demonstrators set up a rag-tag camp three blocks away. Zuccotti Park is a campground festooned with placards and anti-Wall Street slogans. The group is adding complaints of excessive police force against protesters and police treatment of ethnic minorities and Muslims to its grievances list, which includes bank bailouts, foreclosures and high unemployment. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
Hot Forum Discussion