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US aid threat not deterring Palestinian UN option

Abbas tells reporters return to negotiations only after UN gambit

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/israel/article/us_aid_threat_not_deterring_palestinian_un_option_20110909

Palestinian plans to petition the United Nations for recognition and membership as an independent Palestinian state are going forward despite intense diplomatic pressure to back down. On Thursday, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas told foreign journalists that efforts by Israel and the U.S. are “too late” and that even if Israel would present a package of incentives for returning to the bargaining table, “We would first go to the UN and then negotiate.”

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