Frustration Behind Abbas' call for unilateralism (3)

09:53, December 02, 2010      

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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.

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