MSN is reporting that Abbas plans to appeal to the international community to set a date for Israel to withdraw to the 1967 boundary lines.
I support such an action, but I'm willing to listen to opposing views.
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President Mahmoud Abbas' plan will not be without dissenters on all sides. Even those who support, as I do, statehood for Palestine, may be reasonably suspicious of Abbas' motives, seeing this as a bid to garner more power for himself. The people of Gaza had an opportunity to elect Abbas, but voted to go with Hamas. To me, supporting democracy means supporting the decision of the voters until they decide otherwise. I haven't seen much, if any, expressions from the Gazans of desire to put themselves under the authority of Abbas.
One official said that Abbas has grown disillusioned after two decades of failed efforts to reach a negotiated peace settlement with Israel. He said the Palestinians want a "fixed date" for an Israeli withdrawal from lands claimed by the Palestinians and a timetable for establishing a Palestinian state.It's time to move forward with this.
In an interview on Egyptian television over the weekend, Abbas said he would soon present his plans to Arab, American and European leaders.
"It is an unconventional solution, but I will not declare a war on Israel. It is a political and diplomatic solution," he said.
He declined to elaborate, saying only that he would tell the United Nations in an address next month that the Palestinians want independence immediately. "Otherwise, this opportunity will be lost forever," he said.article at MSN