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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has received positive signals from European leaders in his campaign for a unilaterally imposed United Nations declaration of statehood for him and his followers, according to a report from Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
But that development would put Europe at odds with the United States over how to go about that creation.
The United States has told Abbas that it would not support such a U.N.-imposed declaration without the Palestinians first reaching a peace accord with Israel.
Peace talks stopped almost as soon as they began when Israelis resumed settlement construction in the disputed territories.
The Palestinian leadership has been buoyed by European support to press for unilateral U.N. recognition of a Palestinian state along the 1967 borders to include the West bank, Gaza and east Jerusalem.
Like the U.S., Israel also opposes a U.N. declaration creating the Palestinian state. Washington had opposed a renewed European effort to jump-start talks by offering the outlines of a final peace deal to include security and borders.
Abbas also had sought a U.N. resolution that would have condemned Israeli settlement construction that resumed earlier this year. While the Europeans supported it, Washington vetoed it in the U.N. Security Council.
But the Europeans also had issued a statement after the vote condemning continued Israeli construction in those regions. They also said they’d look for a way to restart peace talks.
Abbas also has received a vote of confidence from the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, both of which have determined that his Palestinian Authority could govern a new Palestinian state.
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