Abbas: If talks fail, US should recognize Palestine
Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas has told Arab leaders he may seek American recognition for a Palestinian state taking in all of the West Bank should peace talks with Israel collapsed, an aide was quoted as saying by Reuters on Saturday. The idea was suggested during Arab League meeting in Libya on Friday.
According to AFP, the Palestinian leader asked the Arab leaders to consider as an alternative pressing for Washington to recognize a Palestinian state in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem, the diplomats said. If Washington does not respond positively, Arab nations should ask the United Nations Security Council to declare a Palestinian state, they said.