RAMALLAH, West Bank, Nov 4 (Reuters) - Palestinians may have to abandon the goal of an independent state if Israel continues to expand Jewish settlements and the United States does not stop it, chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said on Wednesday. It may be time for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to "tell his people the truth, that with the continuation of settlement activities, the two-state solution is no longer an option", Erekat told a news conference.
The alternative left for Palestinians is to "refocus their attention on the one-state solution where Muslims, Christians and Jews can live as equals", Erekat said. "It is very serious. This is the moment of truth for us."
Israel has rejected a single state for Israelis and Palestinians as a demographic timebomb that would make Jews a minority in the country.
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Erekat said Palestinians "made a mistake" in the past by agreeing to negotiate with Israel without insisting that settlement building be stopped, and there were not about to repeat that error this time.