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.We'll have to see how this develops...
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.
Monday, June 05, 2006
Abbas to Call Referendum on Recognizing Israel
He may actually be carrying this out - wow: