Abbas: I am ready to resume peace talks with Israelis

RAMALLAH, (PIC)– De facto president Mahmoud Abbas declared his willingness to listen to any international proposal that can convince him to resume peace talks with Israelis and refrain from resorting to the UN to extract an acknowledgement of a Palestinian state.

Abbas made his remarks on Saturday in a meeting with preachers and mosque imams in Ramallah city.

“We are ready to listen to any acceptable proposal giving us the opportunity to obtain our rights and not to go anywhere (the UN). We say to the West, the Americans and Israelis, bring forth what you have. Until this moment, the world has not given us something new at all,” Abbas told the attendees.

“Now, they are talking about the quartet committee’s meeting. It is ok, we are ready, give us something reasonable. If they (the quartet committee) came up with a solution involving two things, the first thing is the international legitimacy and the 1967 borders, and the second thing is to stop settlement activities, we will go to the negotiations,” he added.

“Our decision to go to the security council is neither aimed to isolate Israel nor to be in confrontation with the US, but to achieve our dream of obtaining official recognition of our Palestinian state with full sovereignty over the 1967 occupied lands, which represents only 22 percent of the total area of historic Palestine,” the de facto head of the Palestinian authority said.

( / 28.08.2011)

3 thoughts on “Abbas: I am ready to resume peace talks with Israelis

  1. If I was the wailing type I’d be running in the streets, pulling my hair, tearing my shirt off and crying my heart out. I am none of those, just a sane, pragmatic Palestinian who cannot but feel saddened at how our discredited, unelected and unmandated so-called leaders in Ramallah behave.
    Abu Mazin, my compatriot, when are you going to realise that Israel, America and the quartet will never ever give you anything? Israel was created and designed to take. To take land, natural resources and even our dignity away from us. They have succeeded for the better part of a century with the tacit approval, if not the encouragement of the US and most of the western powers. Please, I beg of you, give the oppressed, abandoned and shattered Palestinian nation a sacred gift on this eve of EID EL FITR by dissolving the PA and throwing the burden of the occupation onto the occupier and not the occupied. You know that after twenty years of trying the PA route and achieving nothing this is the only option left open to us. You know that it is the right move. You know it is the decent thing to do. Please be decent.

  2. ‎| Follow-Up Comments On Palestinian Statehood Vote
    by | Palestine First on Sunday, August 28, 2011 at 8:19am
    Follow-Up Comments On

    Palestinian Statehood Vote
    ~ Stephen Lendman 8-27-11

    A previous article discussed the upcoming September UN General Assembly vote, accessed through the following link:

    Explaining the legal issues, it said delaying what’s long overdue is neither wise nor right for all Palestinians who deserve it.

    Their supporters agree, including Law Professor Francis Boyle, former PLO legal advisor in drafting its 1988 Declaration of Independence.

    In September, the General Assembly will vote on granting full statehood recognition and de jure UN membership, what only it can grant, not the Security Council. The above linked article explained.

    However, Oxford University Professor Guy Goodwin-Gill prepared an opinion, claiming granting it will result in the PLO losing its status. In addition, he said, diaspora refugees will be disenfranchised, left unrepresented by the PLO through the Palestinian National Council (PNC).

    His opinion titled, “The Palestine Liberation Organization, the future State of Palestine, and the question of popular representation” can be accessed through the following link:

    Boyle discounted his concerns, saying he built explicit safeguards into the 1988 Declaration of Independence he drafted “to make sure that his doomsday scenario does not materialize.”

    Having carefully read Goodwin-Gill’s opinion, Boyle emailed the following comments:

    My Dear Palestinian Friends:

    Goodwin-Gill’s analysis “is based upon most erroneous assumptions. But in a nutshell, in the 15 November 1988 Palestinian Declaration of Independence that was approved by the PNC representing all Palestinians all over the world, the Executive Committee of the PLO was set up as the Provisional Government for the State of Palestine-pursuant to my advice.

    In addition, the Declaration of Independence also provides that all Palestinians living around the world automatically become citizens of the State of Palestine-pursuant to my advice.

    So the Executive Committee of the PLO in its capacity as the Provisional Government for the State of Palestine will continue to represent the interests of all Palestinians around the world when Palestine becomes a UN Member State.

    Hence all your rights will be preserved: for all Palestinians and for the PLO. No one will be disenfranchised. The PLO will not lose its status. This legal arrangement does not violate the Palestinian Charter, but was approved already by the PNC.

    Unfortunately, this professor is not aware of all the legal and constitutional technicalities that were originally built into the Palestinian Declaration of Independence to make sure that his doomsday scenario does not materialize–at my advice.

    All of your rights have been protected and will be protected by Palestine becoming a Member State of the United Nations, including the Right of Return.

    Indeed, in the Memo I originally did for President Arafat and the PLO back in 1988, I explained how we could obtain UN Membership. All of the advice that I gave to President Arafat and the PLO in 1987 to 1989 was originally premised on the assumption that someday we would apply for UN Membership.

    That day has come. Please move forward. I have been working for this Day since I first proposed UN Membership for Palestine along the lines of Namibia at the United Nations Headquarters in New York in June of 1987.

    Palestine’s Application for UN Membership was my idea. When my Client and Dear Friend – the late, great Dr. Haidar Abdul Shaffi, Chair of the Palestinian Delegation to the Middle East Negotiations instructed me to draft the Palestinian counter-offer to the now defunct Oslo Agreement, he most solemnly told me: “Professor Boyle, we have decided to ask you to draft this Interim Peace Agreement for us. Do whatever you want! But do not sell out our right to our State!”

    And I responded to Dr. Haidar: “Do not worry, Dr. Abdul Shaffi. As you know, I was the one who first called for the creation of the Palestinian State back at United Nations Headquarters in June of 1987, and then served as the Legal Adviser to the PLO on its creation. I will do nothing to harm it!”

    As I promised Dr. Haidar, I (did) nothing to harm Palestine and the Palestinians.”

    As a result, if the General Assembly grants statehood and full de jure UN membership in September, the rights of all Palestinians worldwide will be preserved. Claiming otherwise is entirely false.

    Francis A. Boyle
    Professor of International Law
    Legal Advisor to the PLO and H.E. Yasser Arafat on the Palestinian Declaration of Independence.
    Legal Advisor to the Palestinian Delegation to the Middle Peace Negotiations (1991-1993) and H.E. Dr. Haidar Abdul Shaffi
    Author, Palestine, Palestinians and International Law (2003) and The Palestinian Right of Return under International Law (2011)

    A Final Comment

    On August 26, London Guardian writer Harriet Sherwood headlined, “Palestinian state could leave millions of refugees with no voice at UN,” saying:

    According to Law Professor Guy Goodwin-Gill, “(m)illions of Palestinian refugees outside the West Bank and Gaza could lose their representation at the UN if the Palestinian Authority succeeds in winning recognition of its state at the world body….”

    Fact check

    As the above article, the previous one linked, and Law Professor Francis Boyle’s comments explain, Goodwin-Gill’s analysis is entirely misguided and false. In fact, Boyle asserts:

    “Guy’s ‘Opinion’ is a shoddy disgrace. How much was he paid for this hit-job on Palestine? He should go back to his ‘Chambers’!”

    Very likely it’s an underhanded effort to derail Palestinian statehood and full de jure UN membership in September. If so, Goodwin-Gill acted disreputably, losing all credibility in the process.

    “The Palestinians bid to be accepted as a member state of the UN requires security council approval.”

    Fact check

    False. Only the General Assembly can grant statehood and full de jure membership. If Washington uses its Security Council veto as threatened, the GA can circumvent it under the 1950 Uniting for Peace Resolution.

    Someone perhaps paid Goodwin-Gill to produce misguided analysis to derail Palestinian statehood and full UN membership in September.

    Guardian writer Sherwood regurgitated his opinion, omitting others able to refute him. Professor Boyle does it admirably. It deserves front page featuring in the Guardian, other leading broadsheets, and web sites supporting Palestinian rights.

    This writer, Boyle, and many others forthrightly and honorably back them. So should everyone, including Guardian writers and Oxford law professors.

    Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at

    Also visit his blog site at and listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network Thursdays at 10AM US Central time and Saturdays and Sundays at noon. All programs are archived for easy listening.

  3. Dear Mr. Lendman,
    First of all, allow me to thank you for the detailed analysis of Professor Guy Goodwin-Gill’s opinion on the proposed PA visit to the UN.

    Can I say, from the outset, that I am not legally trained, I am not even a journalist. I am simply a Palestinian living in exile who has seen the PLO in action, or should I say inaction over the years. I have also seen and experienced the devastating effects of the squabble between Hamas and Fatah. What am I saying? This is not a squabble, it is a deadly, bloody conflict that resulted in further fragmentation and divisions in Palestine and within Palestinian society. Consequently I have no time nor any confidence in whomsoever is at the helm either in Ramallah or Gaza.

    You mention in your analysis that Professor Boyle protected all our rights as Palestinian citizens when he created the document that will eventually allow us our own state and full membership of the UN. May I point out that I am 68 years old. I left Palestine in 1962 and spent six years trying to make a living in the Gulf and Saudi Arabia before I settled in London in 1968. In all this time and all my life I never felt I was protected or represented by the PLO, Hamas, the PA or any other Palestinian faction. I have never been canvassed about what I think. I have never been consulted. I have been totally ignored.

    In light of all of this and the continued status quo could you please tell me how my rights are being protected or how I am being represented?
    You might like to read a couple of articles I have published pertaining to this very subject.

    Could you, Professor Boyle or any legally trained and able person who really want to help the Palestinians please help us get the document for the referendum prepared get it off the ground?

    I do wholeheartedly believe that the way forward is not in futile gestures towards the UN, but by uniting all the Palestinians under one banner and asking them, through an all-inclusive referendum, what they think and what they want.

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