PA Plans to Use UN Recognition to Push Israel in Corner
The Palestinian Authority has admitted that it will use United Nations recognition of its demands as a tool to force Israel to accept them in what it calls “negotiations," meaning accepting all of its conditions in a face-to-face meeting.
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas plans to ask the General Assembly, probably in November, to grant the PA non-member observer status with recognition of its territorial demands, namely sovereignty over all of Jerusalem that was restored to Israel in the Six-Day War in 1967, as well as all of Judea and Samaria. Abbas previously has said he would not allow any Jew to live in a PA state, even though nearly 15 percent of the population in Judea and Samaria is Jewish.
Approval in the General Assembly also would include recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of the PA and also would probably back the demand that Israel allow the immigration of several million Arabs living in foreign countries.
The Obama administration has promised Israel it will try to convince European nations to oppose the resolution, a move that might persuade enough pro-Arab countries to abstain from voting for the resolution and slice through Abbas’ guaranteed majority if all countries vote.
Abbas is trying to pre-empt the United States by preparing the ground for recognition in talks with European Union ambassadors, whom he met on Tuesday. He said he accepts European declarations on the peace process as the basis for renewing talks with Israel and plans to incorporate them into his UN statehood campaign, AFP reported.
"The statements of the European Union on our cause serve as the basis for a return to negotiations," a statement from official news agency WAFA quoted Abbas as telling the EU diplomats at a meeting in Ramallah. "We will use them in the drafting of a Palestinian resolution which will be presented to the General Assembly of the United Nations in order to obtain the status of a non-member state… When we have obtained the status of non-member state at the General Assembly, we will be ready to return to the negotiating table with the Israeli side to discuss all final status issues outstanding.”
The “negotiations” in effect mean presenting Israel with the same demands the PA has made for years. However, this time around, Abbas would have the official backing of the UN and with an implied ultimatum of accepting them or facing possible UN censure or an escalation of violence, which presumably he could try to justify by charging Israel with snubbing the United Nations.
Another implied threat is the PA statement that accepting all of its demands would "preserve the two-state solution,” although official Palestinian Authority documents, speeches and sermons by Muslim clerics, and the PA school system disseminates material that calls all of Israel “Palestine.”