Arab League says UN bid ‘dan­ger­ous’

The Jewish Chronicle - - News - BY JEN­NIFER LIPMAN

THE SEC­RE­TARY Gen­eral of the Arab League has urged the Pales­tinian pres­i­dent to re­con­sider the Pales­tinian Author­ity’s bid for uni­lat­eral state­hood at the United Na­tions next month.

Na­bil El Araby made the com­ment in light of the height­ened ten­sion be­tween Israel and Gaza, which was sparked when ter­ror­ists struck three sep­a­rate lo­ca­tions in south­ern Israel last week, killing eight peo­ple.

Mr ElAraby said the vi­o­lence should be taken into ac­count by Mr Ab­bas, who has vowed to go to the UN in a sym­bolic move for Pales­tinian state­hood, de­spite crit­i­cism by the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Mr Ab­bas has also called for largescale “Arab Spring” style protests in the West Bank to build up sup­port for the planned bid.

Mr El Araby warned, how­ever: “The uni­lat­eral ap­peal to the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil and UN Gen­eral Assem­bly could be a very dan­ger­ous move for the Palestinians dur­ing this pe­riod. I pro­pose that Ab­bas re­con­sider the han­dling of the mat­ter.”

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