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Abbas: The PA can ignore US demands even though US gives PA $460 million annually

“The President [Abbas] emphasized that in September the Palestinian leadership will pass a resolution which no-one will have dreamed of, if the available options concerning the peace process fail…
[Abbas] continued: ‘The US is assisting us in the amount of $460 million annually. This does not mean that they dictate to us whatever they want, because we do what we view as beneficial to our cause. I recall that they said, ‘Don’t go to the Arab Summit in Damascus’, but we went. They demanded that we should not sign the Egyptian reconciliation document [between Fatah and Hamas], but we sent Azzam Al-Ahmed to sign it.’
President Abbas made it clear that the Arab Peace Initiative is the ideal solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict… He noted that the Palestinian Authority published the Peace Initiative in the Israeli media and on the ‘streets’, in order to bring it to the attention of the Israelis...
The President continued: ‘When we reach an agreement concerning the establishment of a Palestinian state, we are ready to agree to [the presence of] an international security force, on condition that there is not a single Israeli, civilian or soldier, in our state.”
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