"Abbas does not have the confidence that he could beat Israel in a war of independence - we all know he can`t." Oh? Why would there be a war? Only if Israel doesn't want the Palestinians to have a state. The reason they haven't declared a state is LEGAL. They could declare a provisional state, because they don't have full control over all their territories, but under those conditions Israel could still occupy. They cannot declare a Sovereign independent State, because Israel occupies. If they were to declare an independent state over only the territories they currently have complete control over, it would be TINY, completely fragmented and completely un-workableR. The Palestinians want the rights to what was left of Palestine after Israel Declared Sovereignty 14th May 1948. Rightly so.
3 killed in Kashmir after Pakistani, Indian troops trade fire (AP)
from the article: Abbas must unilaterally declare Palestinian state