PA Submits Anti-Israel UN Resolution

PA submits draft resolution to force an Israeli withdrawal from Judea and Samaria, but says there could still be negotiations on the text.

Ben Ariel,

Palestinian Authority UN envoy Riyad Mansour
Palestinian Authority UN envoy Riyad Mansour
Reuters

The Palestinian Authority on Wednesday officially submitted a draft United Nations resolution paving the way to a final peace deal with Israel, AFP reports.

The PA’s envoy to the UN said, however, there could still be negotiations on the text.

The draft was presented to the UN Security Council by fellow Arab member Jordan, envoy Riyad Mansour told reporters, thanking Arabs and European nations for their help and indicating he would not press for a quick vote on the text, to allow for more discussion.

"We will continue negotiating with all of them and with the Americans if they are ready and willing so that we perhaps can succeed in having something adopted by the Security Council to open a serious door to peace," the envoy said following a meeting with Arab representatives.

"We are willing to work with those who want to work with us for meaningful things," he added.

The PA earlier said it wanted a quick vote on the draft resolution but backed away, apparently under pressure from fellow Arabs including Jordan, which is seeking a draft that will be acceptable to the United States.

Jordan, which represents the Arab League at the council, had circulated the text setting a deadline of November 2016 for a full Israeli withdrawal from Judea and Samaria.

On Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with PA chief negotiator Saeb Erekat in London, in a bid to dissuade the PA from submitting the resolution.

The meeting did not go well, however, and Kerry reportedly finally promised to veto the resolution.

Erekat responded by telling Kerry if the U.S. vetoes, the PA would apply to join all international organizations and conventions, including the International Criminal Court (ICC), in a further breach of the 1993 Oslo Accords beyond the conventions it joined earlier in the year, torpedoing peace talks with Israel.

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas recently threatened to cut ties with Israel if the move at the UN fails.

In addition, Fatah leader Nabil Shaath threatened Israel with a “political war” if there is a negative response to Abbas’s steps at the United Nations.




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