Daily Israel Report

PA Rejects Vatican Status at UN without EU Recognition

The Palestinian Authority again refuses any compromise on its demands and will not settle for UN status similar to that of the Vatican.
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 9/4/2011, 10:13 AM

Pope on visit to PA, with Abbas (file)
Pope on visit to PA, with Abbas (file)
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The Palestinian Authority once again has refused any compromise on its demands and insists it will not settle for a United Nations status similar to that of the Vatican.

Foreign Minister Riyad Malki has denied claims that the Palestinian Authority had received an offer from the European Union that it receive observer status similar to that of the Vatican.

He told Voice of Palestine radio that Palestine could easily get an observer, or non-member, status at the United Nations without any need for an official offer since it has a majority of votes that are needed to achieve that in the General Assembly.

Malki said the “Vatican option” is meaningless without European Union recognition of the Palestinian Authority.

However, the Quartet – the European Union, United States, United Nations and Russia’ – are divided among themselves.

Russia, and several European countries, are strongly against any Jewish presence in all of Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria and also are not enthusiastic about Israel's being recognized as a “Jewish state.”

While Western diplomats shuttle back and forth between Jerusalem and Ramallah trying to work out a diplomatic face-saving agreement, senior Palestinian Authority official Nabil Shaath was quoted in The New York Times Sunday as saying, “Whatever is to be offered, it is too late.”