Abbas 311 AP.
(photo credit: AP)
The failure of the peace process could lead to a popular uprising or a
revolution, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said on
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However, he ruled out a military confrontation with
Abbas is scheduled to meet in Cairo on Monday with President
Hosni Mubarak to discuss the latest developments surrounding the stalled peace
Abbas is also expected to brief Mubarak on the PA’s efforts to
seek a UN Security Council resolution condemning construction in the
Separately, White House senior adviser Dennis Ross and US
Middle East envoy George Mitchell’s top aide David Hale met with Prime Minister
Binyamin Netanyahu on Friday.
The Prime Minister’s Office did not release
a statement regarding the meeting, which was expected to deal in part with the
preservation of Israel’s qualitative military edge after any future agreement
with the Palestinians.
According to the State Department, Hale had been
expected to meet with chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat in Jordan on
On Friday, Abbas told Al- Jazeera that if the peace process
fails, “it will have serious repercussions” for the entire region.
also ruled out the possibility that the Palestinians would unilaterally declare
the establishment of a state.
Abbas said that the Palestinians and
Israelis had reached understandings during the era of US president George W.
Bush that Israel would recognize a Palestinian state on the pre-1967 borders and
that east Jerusalem would become its capital.
The Israeli government had
avoided the US president’s attempt to implement those understandings, Abbas
He said that he had rejected an offer to conduct secret
negotiations with Defense Minister Ehud Barak. He added that he rejected the
offer because it did not include Israeli recognition of the June 4, 1967 lines
as the borders of a Palestinian state with east Jerusalem as its
A spokesman for former prime minister Ehud Olmert said that an
offer had been made to Abbas in September 2008, based on the pre-1967borders, that included a six percent land swap.
He said the offer was
made within the context of direct negotiations, which had been ongoing between
Olmert and Abbas. The Palestinians did not respond to the offer, he
Talks between Abbas and Olmert broke down in December 2008, after
Israel launched its military strike against Hamas in Gaza known as Operation
They were resumed briefly in September, but the PA left the
talks again when Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu decided not to extend the
10-month moratorium on new settlement construction.
An Israeli official
said in response to Abbas’s statement that since entering office, Netanyahu has
wanted to hold direct negotiations with the Palestinians.
negotiated with Olmert and with prime minister Ariel Sharon, the official
“We simply can not find a justifiable explanation for his
consistent refusal to negotiate with Netanyahu. There is no logic to this
position,” the official said.