The Palestinians are facing "intensive pressure" not to sue Israel for war crimes at the International Criminal Court if they win upgraded UN status, Hanan Ashrawi, a senior member of the Palestine Liberation Organisation, said on Wednesday, citing that various foreign governments, led by Britain, wanted guarantees that
the Palestinians would not sue Israel if they win non-member state status on Thursday.
"We have not succumbed to pressure, we did not give any commitment," she said, speaking a day before Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas was to present
the upgrade request to the UN General Assembly in New York. "I can assure you that the text has been tabled, it will not be modified."
Most of the pressure came from the British government, she said. "The UK did try in an intensive effort to modify the text (of the resolution) and to get assurances and commitments," she explained. "It wasn't only the UK but it was the most visible. We know that Israel, of course, was working through the US and through the UK to try and get commitments that Israel will not be taken to the International Criminal Court."