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created on 08/09/2011  |  http://fubar.com/wmldswlxh/b342831

There is no fallback plan for the Palestinians should their bid to gain international recognition for a state in New York fail next month, according to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. “We don’t have a Plan A, or a Plan B. We support negotiations, negotiations, negotiations … going to the U.N. is not a program … negotiations are the option,” said Abbas, responding to a question about what his Palestinian Authority would do should a United States veto derail internationalrecognition of a Palestinian state. Abbas was speaking in Beirut during a meeting with editors of Lebanese newspapers and media outlets at his residence at Habtoor Hotel in Sin al-Fil Wednesday night, burberry outlet during his two-day visit to Lebanon. Abbas visited Beirut to seek support for the Palestinian bid for U.N. membership in September, which will come as Lebanon serves as head of the Security Council, and departed Thursday, as violence erupted in the Gaza Strip between a Palestinian faction and the Israeli army. Abbas said the Palestinians decided to go to the U.N. to seek recognition of a Palestinian state after peace talks with Israel had failed. Abbas also renewed his rejection of Palestinian arms in and outside the refugee camps as well as resettlement of Palestinians in Lebanon. “They [Israelis] said this [going to the U.N.] is a unilateral action. Of course, this is not a unilateral action because settlement [building] is a unilateral action,” Abbas said, referring to Israeli plans to expand settlement construction in east Jerusalem and the West Bank. “They said that we wanted to isolate Israel. Of course, we do not have the ability to isolate Israel or others. They said that we wanted to remove legitimacy from the state of Israel. Of course, this is not true. They are all pretexts so that we do not go to the United Nations,” he said. The visit to Lebanon was part of Abbas’ recent Arab and European tour aimed at rallying support for the bid to seek U.N. membership for a state on the lines that existed before the June 1967 Arab-Israeli war, including the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem. The Palestinian statehood effort comes against the backdrop of U.S. and Israeli opposition and the threat of a U.S. veto to derail the bid. Abbas said he was warned against going to the U.N. because the Palestinian statehood bid could be vetoed. “So no negotiations and no going to the U.N. Do you have another choice? We are ready to discuss it with an open mind and an open heart. But unfortunately, they did not give us anything.” Abbas’ diplomatic campaign in recent months has covered China, Russia, Europe, Japan and Canada, to muster support for the Palestinian state at the Security Council. He said he was determined to go to the U.N. despite the threat of a U.S. veto, and added: “We are standing at the independence issue. Either we get it or we will return to the Palestinian leadership to decide the next step.”

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