Monday, June 05, 2006

Abbas to Call Referendum on Recognizing Israel

He may actually be carrying this out - wow:
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Monday he will call a referendum on a plan implicitly recognizing Israel after he failed to persuade Hamas to agree to the idea. The Islamic militant Hamas, which heads the Palestinian government, strongly opposes a referendum. "President Abbas will set a date for the referendum after the meeting Tuesday of the PLO Executive Committee and parliamentary caucuses," his office said in a statement.

Abbas had set a midnight deadline for agreement. But a participant in late-night talks with Palestinian factions said the president determined they had failed an hour before that.
We'll have to see how this develops...