'We'll change face of the Mideast if settlements continue'
LAST UPDATED: 11/03/2011 14:21
Abbas aid Abu Rudeineh says the Palestinian Authority will seek "serious, substantial" steps if Quartet efforts are fruitless.
PA President Abbas speaking ahead of trip to UN Photo: REUTERS/Darren Whiteside
Abu Rudeineh, a senior advisor to PA President Mahmoud Abbas, warned
that if Israel does not stop settlement construction and if the Quartet
is unable to restart the peace process, the Palestinian Authority will
take a decision that "will change the face of the region and the entire
Middle East," Palestinian news agency Ma'an reported, citing an
interview with BBC radio.
Abu Rudeineh did not expand on what steps the PA would implement but called them "serious and substantial," according to the report.
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Also Thursday, an unnamed Egyptian official told the
London-based Al-Hayat newspaper that threats by Abbas to resign and dismantle the
PA are not a maneuver but rather the product of frustration over lack of any
movement in the peace process
is unlikely to surprise Arab states with his resignation, the Egyptian
official said, but conceded that the decision to resign is the PA
Regarding the option of dissolving the
Palestinian Authority, a move which has been floated in recent months,
the Egyptian official said that doing so would be complex, not easy and
would have consequences.
Late last month, Abbas told a Fatah meeting that he planned to discuss
the future of the PA with Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal during their
meeting set to take place in November.
Abbas said that when he met US President Barack Obama in New York in
September, he asked him for an answer as to where the Palestinians were
“The important question that we are asking is: Where are we headed?” he
said. “We want an answer to this question and we want to know what to
do. The Palestinian Authority is no longer an authority and this is the
issue that needs to be addressed.”
Khaled Abu Toameh contributed to this report