Palestinian leadership rejects Israeli threats to thwart state recognition

10:54, March 30, 2011      

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The Palestinian presidency on Tuesday denounced Israeli threats of unilateral measures if the United Nations recognized Palestine as an independent state.

"These threats are a proof of isolation and failure of Israel's policy," said Nabil Abu Rdineh, spokesman for Palestinian National Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

"The Palestinian people have the right to establish their independent statehood on all occupied lands," Abu Rdineh added, noting that "the countries that recognize Palestine are more than those which do not."

Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz reported Tuesday that the Israeli government informed members of the UN Security Council and some European countries that it would resort to unilateral measures if a Palestinian state was recognized.

The report did not reveal what kind of steps Israel would take.

Israel occupied the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and annexed east Jerusalem in 1967. In 2005, it withdrew its forces and settlers from the Gaza Strip.

The Palestinians hope to get their state recognized when the UN General Assembly meets in September. Also in that month, a two- year plan to upgrade national institutions for a possible declaration of an independent Palestinian state is expected to be implemented.

September was also supposed to mark the completion of Israeli- Palestinian peace talks. However, the negotiations have been stalled for six months due to dispute over Jewish settlement construction in the West Bank.

Israel and the United States said that the Palestinian state should be a result of a negotiated settlement.

Source: Xinhua
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