Days of Palestine, West Bank –Palestinians asked on Wednesday the UNSC to set Nov. 2016 a deadline for Israeli withdrawal from the WB and Jerusalem.
A draft resolution circulated to council members called for a “just resolution” of the status of Jerusalem as the capital of two states, and the Palestinian refugee problem.
It follows Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas’ announcement to the UN General Assembly on Friday that he would ask the council to set a deadline for an Israeli withdrawal from the Palestinian territories.
The draft also demands an end to all Israeli military operations and illegal settlement activities, the opening of all border crossings in the Gaza Strip, and deployment of an “international presence” throughout the Palestinian territories to protect Palestinian civilians.
Abbas said Wednesday that the PA would re-evaluate its security coordination with ‘Israel’ in the West Bank if its statehood bid to the UNSC was rejected, and added that the Palestinians would file for membership to the ICC if the petition failed to pass.
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Speaking to journalists in Ramallah, Abbas said the Palestinians were meeting with representatives of the Security Council states to persuade them to accept the resolution once proposed.
He added that once a timetable for Israeli withdrawal was set, he would agree to return to the peace talks with the Israeli occupation. “As soon as we get that, we are willing to return to the negotiating table,” he said.
Abbas’ move is widely expected to be shot down in a veto, has been lobbied against by the Israeli occupation and the United States, which say the conflict needs to be resolved through a negotiated settlement.
Israeli TV Channel 2 quoted the Chief Palestinian Negotiator Saeb Erekat saying that the US has already told him it would veto Abbas’ statehood resolution.
Nonetheless, the Palestinians are pushing to try to win the support of 9 of the 15 UNSC members in order to force a veto.
The PA president on Wednesday renewed his stance against armed conflict with the Israeli occupation, stating that “not even one bullet” will be fired under his watch.