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    • Alterman
    • 13.04.11 | 11:27 (IDT)

    But Hamas will not join the party (the declaration of the State of Palestine). Israel will still control parts of the West Bank and Jerusalem. So Abbas will appear in Ramallah and declare a state? And then? Negotiations about the details (borders etc)? But if Abbas refuses to negotiate now, then he will also refuse to negotiate in september. Hence - deadlock, stalemate, impasse. So - what´s new? The current tactic of Abbas is eventually going to force the UN, USA and EU to decide if they still say no to an imposed solution and if they still believe that the only thing that could lead to a durable and sustainable peace is direct and bilateral negotiations. If Obama indeed scraps this idea, well then things will become a very dangerous mess. But why should he and the Quartet abandon this concept (direct and bilateral negotiations)?

    from the article: Partial West Bank pullout can't stop Palestinian state
    First published 01:19 13.04.11 | Last updated 01:19 13.04.11
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