Abbas: We Will Not Make Unilateral Declaration of Palestinian Statehood

In an interview on Al-Jazeera the PA president warns that if no progress is made by September there could be dangerous repercussions which 'could lead to an Intifada.'

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas ruled out a unilateral declaration of a Palestinian state, saying that there was no possibility of having an independent state without Israel's collaboration, Qatar-based news channel Al-Jazeera reported on Saturday.

"At this stage there is no option to declare a Palestinian state without Israel's collaboration," Abbas said in an interview aired on Al-Jazeera. "A Palestinian state will be established only with an agreement from Israel."

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Abbas warned however, that there would be dangerous repercussions if there was no progress made on the matter by September. "The results could be devastating," Abbas said, adding that "it could lead to an Intifada or a popular Palestinian uprising."

Abbas also criticized United States President Barack Obama for his failure to put an end to settlement construction and resolve the Middle East crisis. "They could have done a lot more, but they failed," Abbas said about the U.S.

The PA president told Al Jazeera that Israel agreed during the administration of former U.S. President George Bush to return to 1967 borders and to the establishment of a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.

Abbas' statement came after Russian President Dmitry Medvedev endorsed a Palestinian state last week, saying Moscow had recognized Palestinian independence in 1988 and was not changing this position as it had been adopted by the former Soviet Union.

Israel has been alarmed in the past two months by a string of countires recognizing Palestinian independence, especially in Latin American states including Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina.  Some analysts say this could be a precursor to a move by the Palestinians to seek full United Nations membership if efforts to revive the moribund peace negotiations fall through.

In the past Abbas confirmed that a unilateral declaration of independence was an option.