I’m not yet sure whether this is true or just Ynet spin:
Faced with opposition from the United States, a number of top Palestinian officials are quietly advising President Mahmoud Abbas to drop plans to seek recognition for a state at the United Nations this fall.
Suggested hesitation aside, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki declared Thursday that the PA will submit a membership request to United Nations Secretary-General Ben Ki-moon as early as July.
Top Palestinian officials said that while Abbas remains committed to his plan, he would like to have an option to “climb down from the tree” and find a mutually acceptable formula for restarting negotiations with Israel, preferably based on ideas presented by President Barack Obama recently.
Some Palestinian sources said that there is a widespread sense that Abbas, having advertised his intentions so prominently, has left himself with little room to maneuver and may proceed with the UN gambit simply to avoid a loss of credibility.
“We are trapped with September,” said one official. “We don’t know what to do after that.”
It seems to me that if Abu Mazen reversed himself on this he would lose what little credibility he has left with the Palestinian people. It’s no big secret that the U.S. has been putting the screws to the Palestinians over this with some reports suggesting the Obama administration has threatened to cut off all funding, which would be a devastating blow to the West Bank economy. It’s interesting how quick the U.S. is to sanction the Palestinians for what we see as their intransigence but when it comes to the Israelis, well, they can do whatever they want, including publicly embarrass the President of the U.S. on his home turf.
The PA/Fatah already are deemed by many of their own people to be puppets of Israel and the U.S. Abandoning the statehood bid now would be the political death-knell for Abu Mazen.