The son of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called on his father to dissolve the Palestinian Authority, end the negotiations with Israeli and seek a one-state solution.
In a rare interview with the New York Times published on Wednesday, Tareq Abbas expressed his rejection of the idea of extending the negotiations with the Israeli occupation and said the Palestinian Authority (PA) must take action and press for statehood through international organisations in response to Israel’s continued settlement construction.
He also suggested his father dissolve the PA and hand over the responsibility of the West Bank to Israel once again.
Tareq, 48, is a prominent businessman and the vice president of the Arab Palestinian Investment Company, which he co-owns with his brother, Yasser.
“If you don’t want to give me independence, at least give me civil rights,” Tareq told the Times.
He asserted that both Palestinians and Israelis must live in a single state and have the same rights and duties and become equal in citizenship. He said a two-state solution had failed so a one-state solution is more viable.
“That’s an easier way, peaceful way. I don’t want to throw anything, I don’t want to hate anybody, I don’t want to shoot anybody. I want to be under the law.”