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Senior Fatah Central Committee member Nabil Shaath on Tuesday estimated that the
Palestinian Authority will be able to gain recognition for a Palestinian
state from two-thirds of United Nations member states before September 2011.
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President Mahmoud Abbas was expected to travel to France on Wednesday to
meet with French President Nicolas Sarkozy to discuss recognition of an
independent Palestinian state.
According to the A-Sharq Al-Awsat
newspaper, Abbas will attempt to convince France to endorse a Palestinian state before the PA approaches the UN in September.
Abbas will reportedly try to convince German Chancellor Angela Merkel
to recognize Palestinian statehood in a meeting scheduled for May.
The Palestinian goal is to garner as many "European recognitions" of a Palestinian state as possible before September, A-Sharq Al-Awsat
Earlier Tuesday, the Los Angeles Times
reported that the Middle East Quartet may try to reignite the peace
process between Israel and the Palestinians by officially supporting,
for the first time, the establishment of a Palestinian state along 1967
According to the report, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu
has been facing growing pressure to present a new strategy to resume
peace talks and solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
European diplomats warned that if Netanyahu does not present a new
initiative, the US, Russa, the European Union and the United Nations
will potentially endorse the creation of a Palestinian state along 1967
borders, with east Jerusalem as the capital.
Netanyahu acknowledged for the first time
on Thursday that he will deliver a speech to a joint session of the US
Congress at the end of May in which he will lay out the principles of
his government’s diplomatic and security policies.
“Next month I
will have the opportunity to present the principles of our diplomatic
and security polices during my visit to the US,” Netanyahu said at a
pre-Pessah Likud gathering in Tel Aviv.
Netanyahu is scheduled to go to Washington on May 22, and is expected to address Congress two days later.
On Wednesday, major donor nations in Brussels
agreed that the Palestinian Authority is ready for statehood but urged
it to achieve this goal through a negotiated solution with Israel rather
than unilateral action.
“The PA is above the threshold for a
functioning state in key sectors” based on assessments by the World
Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the United Nations, the Ad Hoc
Liaison Committee said in a statement it released after a meeting it
held to assess the economic and institutional capacity of the PA.
committee reaffirmed its “support for negotiations to end the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict in full compliance with road map
Last week, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said US President Barack Obama will lay out US policy towards the Middle East
and North Africa in the coming weeks.
Obama will be speaking in detail about new plans, including "renewed pursuit of
comprehensive Arab-Israeli peace," Clinton told Arab
and US policy makers in her speech at the US-Islamic World Forum last
week, a gathering sponsored by Qatar and the Brookings Institution, a
Washington think tank.
"The status quo between Palestinians and Israelis is no more sustainable
than the political systems that have crumbled in recent months," she
said, saying the only way to meet both people's aspirations was through a
"And while it is a truism that only the parties themselves can make the
hard choices for peace, there is no substitute for continued, active
American leadership -- and the president and I are committed to that,"
Tovah Lazaroff, Herb Keinon and Reuters contributed to this report.