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Palestinians to Declare State in September, If
Not Recognized, Struggle Will Start for One-State Solution, Says Nabil
April 2, 2011
Sha'ath: Palestinian leaders mulling one-state solution
Published today (updated) 02/04/2011 09:45 BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) --
Fat'h Central Committee member Nabil Sha'ath said Thursday that a
bi-national state was one of "many ideas" being formulated by the
Palestinian leaders plan to declare an
independent state in September, and to seek UN recognition of that
The Middle East Quartet -- the UN, US, EU and Russia --
and US President Barack Obama set September as the goal for establishing
a Palestinian state. Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad's
two-year state-building plan is due to be completed in September.
However, if a Palestinian state is not established, several
alternatives are being discussed by Palestinian leaders, Sha'ath said.
The senior Fat'h official told Ma'an that one option to end the
occupation was to form one state across all of historic Palestine, in
which Palestinians would demand citizenship and equal civil rights.
He said leaders were also considering dissolving the Palestinian
Authority and ending all Palestinian commitments to Tel Aviv, leaving
Israel fully responsible for its occupation.
under the mandate of the UN General Assembly was also being considered,
Israel has warned that Palestinians will face
retaliatory measures if they seek recognition of a Palestinian state at
the UN General Assembly.
Israel's Foreign Ministry spokesman
Yigal Palmor told AFP that the ministry was working to ensure that there
wouldn't be a vote at the UN.
Meanwhile, a senior advisor to
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited Moscow to dissuade
Russia from supporting the EU's intention to present a plan for the
establishment of a Palestinian state, the Israeli daily Haaretz
Israel insists that a Palestinian state can only be
established through talks. The UN's recognition of a state would be "the
end of the path of dialogue and negotiation," the foreign ministry
"If problems can no longer be solved through
dialogue we shall also take unilateral measures ... without at the
moment threatening anything concrete," Palmor added.
Israel has also warned that national Palestinian
unity would be the end of negotiations with Israel.
said the Palestinian Authority could not have peace with both Israel and
Hamas. "Itís one or the other, but not both," he told Jewish fundraisers
in a speech distributed on Tuesday by the Israeli Government Press
In the wake of mass youth protests across the West Bank
and Gaza demanding an end to the division, Abbas accepted an invitation
from Hamas premier Ismail Haniyeh to hold unity talks in the Gaza Strip.
On Saturday, Abbas met with a delegation of Hamas leaders in
Ramallah, the first such meeting in over two years. Both sides described
the talks as "positive."
Hamas head of the Palestinian
legislature Aziz Dweik led the delegation, and said he expected his
party to accept Abbas' initiative to end the division by forming a unity
government to prepare for elections.
Sha'ath said that Abbas told
the Hamas leaders that he was willing to give up US aid, worth $475
million annually, to make peace with Hamas.
victory in 2006 elections, the international community withdrew its
funding from the Palestinian Authority, although it recognized that the
elections were free and fair.
A unity government survived for a
year without foreign aid, but collapsed when Hamas ousted Fatah from
Gaza in bloody street battles in 2007.
community lifted its economic sanctions of the Fatah-led Palestinian
Authority, which retained control in the West Bank. But Israel imposed a
tight blockade of Gaza widely considered to be a form of collective
punishment and illegal under international law.
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