This is obviously Abbas' compromise to Israel and the US. Everyone knows Israel would be royaly screwed if Fayyad declared an independent Palestine since the rest of the intl community, including the US, would recognize it. This would have put israel in a corner because depending on what borders Fayyad would have declared Palestine, would have put Israel illegally into a sovereign state. Abbas is no credible leader and should step aside and let a person with merit like Fayyad run the entire show. Out with the old guard...
Five arrested in anti-terror raids in Sydney (DPA)
from the article: Abbas: I don't want to declare unilateral statehood