Monday, October 26, 2009

Looking for a way out of a courage Peace! Abbas to Obama: I'll quit, there's no chance for peace with Netanyahu

(Haaretz).Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told the White House that he intends to resign his post, Channel 10 reported on Monday.

According to the report, the Palestinian leader told U.S. President Barack Obama that he sees no chance of advancing the peace process with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in power.

Channel 10 also reported that Abbas communicated to Obama his disappointment in the White House's "capitulation" to Jerusalem on the issue of West Bank settlement construction.

According to Channel 10, Abbas told Obama that the Palestinian Authority's initial decision to defer a vote on the Goldstone Report at the United Nations Human Rights Council was politically damaging.

In recent days, Abbas has sent a number of blunt, unequivocal messages to the White House, Channel 10 reported. According to information which reached Israeli officials, Abbas told the U.S. president that he will not stand for re-election as Palestinian Authority president given the diplomatic stalemate with Israel.