Obama Promises Abbas Palestinian Arab State Within Two Years

Haaretz Service – Haaretz.com,   April 29th, 2010
U.S. President Barack Obama told Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas that
he was committed to seeing the creation of a sovereign Palestinian state
within two years, an Egyptian official told the Arabic-language daily
Al-Hayat on Thursday.
Obama promised Abbas that the United States would make great effort to
help see that Palestinian goal achieved, the official told the
London-based newspaper.
The official also told Al-Hayat that Israel had rejected special U.S.
envoy George Mitchell’s proposal to withdraw Israel Defense Forces
troops from Palestinian- occupied sections of the West Bank, as it did on
the eve of the Second Intifada in 2000.
According to the report, Israel told Mitchell that it could not
guarantee such a move before beginning direct peace negotiations with
the Palestinian Authority.
In place of withdrawing troops, the official told Al-Hayat, Israel
offered other goodwill gestures, such as removing checkpoints and
releasing certain Palestinian prisoners.
Last week, Abbas urged the Obama administration to impose a solution to
the Middle East conflict that would give his people an independent
state, and rejected the idea of creating a state within temporary
“Mr. President [Barack Obama] and members of the American
administration, since you believe in this [an independent Palestinian
state], it is your duty to take steps toward a solution and to impose
this solution,” Abbas said in a speech to his Fatah party.
Abbas’ appeal to Obama came amid widespread media reports that the U.S.
president was considering floating a proposal that would set the
contours of a final peace deal.
(http://www.uc4i. org/news/ ?p=5408)


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