Abbas Plans to Resubmit Statehood Bid to UN

PA Chairman hoping new pro-PA Security Council members will pass resolution demanding an end to "the occupation".

Elad Benari,

Mahmoud Abbas
Mahmoud Abbas
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Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas said on Sunday he was discussing with Jordan plans to resubmit to the United Nations Security Council a resolution calling for the establishment of a Palestinian state that failed to win enough votes last week, Reuters reports.

Jordan remains a member of the Security Council, but several other countries with revolving membership were replaced over the New Year.

The PA hopes these states will be more sympathetic to their resolution demanding an Israeli withdrawal from Judea and Samaria and independence by 2017

"We didn't fail, the UN Security Council failed us. We'll go again to the Security Council, why not? Perhaps after a week," Abbas told officials at a cultural conference in Ramallah.

"We are studying it, and we will study this with our allies and especially Jordan ... to submit the resolution again, a third time or even a fourth time," he added, according to Reuters.

In the UN vote last Tuesday, the PA draft received eight votes in favor, including France, Russia and China, two against and five abstentions, among them Britain and Nigeria, whose abstention angered the PA. Australia joined the United States in voting against the measure.

Any resubmission would face almost certain failure, as the United States has veto power in the Security Council and will likely use it if the resolution passes.

A day after the failure at the Security Council, Abbas signed onto 20 international conventions, including the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

In retaliation for the move to the ICC, Israel announced on Saturday that it would withhold 500 million shekels in monthly tax funds that it collects on the PA’s behalf, in a blow to Abbas's cash-strapped government.

"Now there are sanctions - that's fine. There's an escalation - that's fine ... but we're pushing forward," Abbas declared Sunday.




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