Asharq Alawsat English Edition
11/10/2010By Sawsan Abu-Husain
Sirte, Asharq Al-Awsat- Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas presented four alternatives, which he described as "historic," concerning the prospects of the direct negotiations between the Palestinians and the Israelis. This took place at the recent meetings of the Arab initiative committee in the Libyan city of Sirte on the sidelines of the extraordinary Arab summit.
The alternatives are as follows:
First: If Israel decides to halt the settlement activities, the direct negotiations will continue, and its pace will be accelerated.
Second: If this does not take place, we will call on the United States to recognize the State of Palestine within the 1967 borders; if the United States does not do so, we will go to the UN Security Council, and call on all the countries of the world to recognize the State of Palestine; and if this does not take place, we will go the UN Security Council to impose a mandate over the Palestinian people.
Third: (If the two previous proposals were to fail) we call on Israel to re-occupy the territories.
Fourth: [In this case] The Palestinian Authority is to be abandoned and leave Ramallah.