As the Palestinian leaders prepare to plead their case for statehood recognition at the United Nations, they see it as an encouraging sign that Arab nations will be heading both the Security Council and the General Assembly.
The Palestinian Authority is pressing for a vote by Jan. 19 in the United Nations Security Council on a resolution demanding a halt to Israeli settlement construction, an action that may force the Obama administration to cast its first UN veto.
The Palestinians are pushing back against “tremendous pressure” at the United Nations by the veto-wielding U.S. and will seek a Security Council vote on membership in a “few weeks,” a Palestinian envoy said.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas ruled out a return to “business as usual” in peace negotiations with Israel as he presented his case for recognition of Palestine as a member state to a cheering United Nations audience.
Palestinians have made a “final decision” to pursue the first formal step toward recognition of statehood and United Nations membership in September, the Palestinian Authority’s envoy to the world body said today.
The Palestinian Authority will begin negotiations with members of the United Nations Security Council on a draft resolution demanding that Israel halt West Bank settlement activity, its envoy to the world body said.