PA, Arab Council Weigh Deadline for UN Resolution

Reports differing on when the draft will be presented to the UN, as Jordan vows to push ahead - despite PA hesitancy.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

UN Security Council
UN Security Council

Palestinian Authority (PA) envoys are pressing on with changes to a draft UN resolution on statehood Monday, meeting with Arab countries to decide when the text should be put to a vote at the Security Council, according to AFP.

Security Council member Jordan called the meeting of the Arab Group at the United Nations to discuss the new draft that lays out a time frame to reach a final peace deal with Israel.

"We want to discuss with the Arab Group the amendments that the Palestinians are proposing to the resolution ... and to see when is a good time to pass to a vote," Jordanian Ambassador Dina Kawar told reporters.

The draft resolution was formally presented to the council less than two weeks ago but the United States said it would not support the text.

The resolution sets a 12-month deadline to wrap up negotiations on a final settlement and calls for Israel to complete a withdrawal from Judea-Samaria by the end of 2017. The deal would pave the way for the creation of a Palestinian state with Israel sharing Jerusalem as its capital, according to the text.

Arab ambassadors were to decide on whether to seek a vote at the Security Council this week, possibly as early as Tuesday, Jordanian and Palestinian diplomats said.

But with five new members who have a pro-Palestinian stance joining the Security Council on January 1, the ambassadors may decide to hold off on a vote until next month.

Israel has strongly opposed the text, and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu stated earlier Monday that it jeopardizes Israel's existence. 

"Israel and our civilization is under attack," Netanyahu stated. "The attacks come from Iran; the attacks come from the various Islamists. The attack is now coming on Israel from the Palestinian Authority seeking to impose on us a diktat that would undermine Israel's security, and put its future in peril."