PLO to Discuss New UN Statehood Bid

The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Executive Committee will meet in Ramallah on Wednesday to discuss a new Palestinian statehood bid at the United Nations (UN).

Sources close to the meeting, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told the Ma'an news agency that the new UN resolution would call for the end of the “Israeli occupation” within two years, allowing for a year of negotiations.

The negotiations would be sponsored by the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, the sources said.

The new bid will also call for a Palestinian state on the pre-1967 borders with eastern Jerusalem as its capital and the implementation of UN resolution 194 on the “right of return” for refugees.

At the end of December, the PA tried to pass a resolution calling on Israel to withdraw from Judea and Samaria by 2017. The resolution was put to a vote in the UN Security Council, but failed to secure enough votes in favor to pass.

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas later said he would go to the UN again, “perhaps after a week” and last week confirmed, during a visit to Turkey, that he planned to turn to the Security Council again. 

Abbas has continued his unilateral efforts against Israel by applying to join the International Criminal Court (ICC) and threatening to file complaints of war crimes against Israel.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced last week that the PA will join the ICC on April 1, and the ICC followed that announcement by announcing it had launched a preliminary probe into possible “war crimes” committed by Israel.

Source: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/190249

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