SIRTE, Libya (AP) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is trying to drum up support for his backup plan in case peace talks with Israel fail.
At an Arab League meeting in Libya, a top aide says Abbas wants the Obama administration to recognize an independent Palestinian state. And if that request is rejected, the Palestinians might take the issue to the U.N. Security Council.
Abbas has refused to continue the month-old U.S. brokered peace talks because Israel will not extend restrictions on West Bank settlement construction that expired.
The Arab League is giving the U.S. another month to try to salvage the talks.