Mansour: PA 'Ready For Statehood'
Palestinian Authority envoy to the United Nations Riyad Mansour told the Security Council on Tuesday the PA is ready for statehood with Jerusalem as its capital.
Mansour was conducting a dress rehearsal for the expected vote over PA statehood set to take place at the United Nations in September, where it faces a likely veto by the United States.
Mansour told the council his people could not be held in waiting much longer.
“With international political and financial support, this plan has reached its objectives as acknowledged by the international community,” he said. “We have completed our responsibilities and are ready to govern ourselves."
Mansour's comment comes as international observers express strong doubts over PA readiness for statehood due to fiscal insolvency, corruption, its inability to form a unity government, and concerns over the inclusion of the Hamas terror organization in its ranks.
“We cannot keep waiting for Israel to negotiate with good faith," Monsour added.
The PA has refused to attend peace-talks with Israel for two years instead preferring to place preconditions that would prejudice talks and favor its maximalist position on its participation knowing such terms would be unacceptable to Israel.
Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Ron Prosor rejected any unilateral moves by the PA, including seeking recognition at the UN General Assembly, and dismissed such efforts as an attempt to bypass negotiations with Israel, which were the only path to a solution.
"To the Palestinians I also issue a call," Prosor said. "Take Israel’s outstretched hand. Seize the opportunities before us to advance down the real road toward peace – a road of solutions not resolutions; dialogue not monologue; and direct negotiations not unilateral declarations."
Israel's government has said unilateral moves by the PA will be met with a 'diplomatic eye for an eye.'
Prosor added, "There is much uncertainty about the future Palestinian government: its acceptance of the Quartet conditions, the peace process, control of its security forces, and many other questions. It will take at least a year until after the Palestinian elections next year before it is clear what Palestinian unity really means."
Hamas has said any agreement the PA reaches with Israel will only serve as a prelude to war.