Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas met Thursday with a US Democratic Congressional delegation currently visiting the region, telling them that he is seeking a Palestinian state without settlements, Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.
According to the report, Abbas told the visiting legislators that regarding paths to statehood, his "first, second and third choice" is negotiations, but added that he does not see going to the United Nations to seek recognition of statehood as being contradictory "with the essence of the peace process."RELATED:American congressman: US economic woes won’t affect IsraelWestern diplomat: Statehood bid will hinder US/PA tiesPM: UN recognition of Palestine will harm future peace
Abbas claimed that seeking a statehood resolution in the UN neither aims to isolate nor delegitimize Israel, but rather to promote the two state solution.
The PA president also gave his vision of security in a future
Palestinian state, saying that a third party comprised of NATO forces
under US command would take responsibility, WAFA reported.
But according to US Congressman Steny Hoyer (D-MA), the head of the
congressional delegation, the Palestinian leadership sent mixed
messages during the Ramallah meeting, with PA Prime Minister Salam
Fayyad saying that no decision on the UN bid in September has been
finalized, while Abbas gave the impression that going to the UN was a
"Fayyad said that the decision to go to the UN had not
been made, in other words had not been finalized, which we were pleased
to hear," Hoyer told The Jerusalem Post
shortly after the talks.
we met with Abbas for about an hour and a half, and the discussions
were different from Fayyad in the sense that he talked throughout as if
the decision had been made, and that they were going to the UN," Hoyer
Hoyer, who co-authored a Congressional resolution last
month with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) against a
Palestinian unilateral move at the UN, said that he and some other
members of the delegation told Abbas they felt a move at the UN would be
a "destabilizing effort," and that both Israel and the Palestinians
agreed in the past that the only way to solve difference was through