Barghouti: Israel, US can't stop Palestinian statehood

Jailed Second Intifada mastermind says that state will not rise from negotiations, supports planned unilateral declaration in UN.

May 18, 2011 11:43
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Marwan Barghouti

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Jailed Senior Fatah-Tanzim official Marwan Barghouti said that a Palestinian state can not be established through negotiations, in an interview with Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram.

"We can not wait for a state to rise as a result of negotiations," he said in response to a question about the possibility of the Palestinians unilaterally declaring statehood. "Whoever thinks we will get a Palestinian State through negotiations is wrong."

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Barghouti is considered to be mastermind of the Second Intifada. He has been in Israeli prison since 2002, and his name is often mentioned in possible prisoner exchange deals between Israel and the Palestinians.

"We should take all of the Palestinian, Arab and international energy and go in September or even before that to the UN so that a an independent state with '67 borders and Jerusalem as its capital will be recognized," Barghouti told the Egyptian daily.

Barghouti said: "We can not delay, we must continue in this direction. I'm sure that the unity deal [between Hamas and Fatah] will help us reach this goal."

"If the Arab nation helps us, the US and Israel will not be able to thwart us," he told Al-Ahram.

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