ANKARA, Turkey — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says his government will push for international recognition of the Palestinian state if deadlocked talks with Israel fail.
Abbas said the Palestinians would not resume peace negotiations unless Israel freezes all construction in the West Bank and east Jerusalem. He was addressing reporters Monday with Turkey's Abdullah Gul.Abbas said seeking recognition was among "five or six options" his government would consider if peace talks fail. He did not say when he would give up on talks or seek unilateral international recognition.
Asked whether dissolving the government was one of the options, Abbas responded: "In reality, we never mentioned anything concerning the dissolution of the Palestinian government."