Even if a last-minute formula for resuming peace talks were found before then, the Palestinians would go to the United Nations and then negotiate with Israel as a state under occupation, Abbas said.
“Now .?.?. I don’t think it’s workable,” he said of efforts by international mediators to come up with a diplomatic package to head off the U.N. bid. “They came too late.”
Abbas, who met Wednesday with David Hale, the Obama administration’s acting special envoy to the Middle East, said U.S. officials had “talked about some sort of confrontation” with the Palestinians over the statehood bid.
“We told them that we don’t want a confrontation, neither with the Americans nor with anybody else,” Abbas said in a meeting with foreign reporters in his office. “They are our friends. We don’t want a confrontation, but let us express our ideas, our hope. We are a people without hope now.”
Abbas said that even if last-ditch efforts produced a formula for the resumption of negotiations that met Palestinian demands for a freeze on Israeli settlement building and talks on a peace deal based on Israel’s 1967 boundaries, the Palestini