enewed peace negotiations for no more than nine months followed by a gradual Israeli withdrawal from Yehuda and Shomron and east Yerushalayim that will take no more than three years, according to a Palestinian official close to Mahmoud Abbas.
In an interview with a Palestinian news outlet last week, Abbas said it should only take “half an hour or an hour” to delineate the borders of a Palestinian state, since the United States agreed they should be based on the 1967 ceasefire lines.
“There’s either a political solution or there isn’t,” he said. “But going here and there, up and down, talking and not talking — it’s been 20 years and nothing has happened.”
If there is no agreement on borders in coming months — at least by the end of the year — Abbas said he would have no choice but to push ahead with unilateral statehood moves, including a resolution in the United Nations Security Council and joining the International Criminal Court, which could open the way for proceedings against Israel.