UN bid threat ahead of Fayyad talks

The Jewish Chronicle - - World News - BYBENHARTMAN

PALES­TINIAN AU­THOR­ITY Pres­i­dent Mah­moud Ab­bas said last Sun­day that he is look­ing to re­new ne­go­ti­a­tions with Is­rael and has not ruled out go­ing to the United Na­tions to re­sub­mit a state­hood bid if Is­rael does not re­turn to the ne­go­ti­at­ing ta­ble.

Mr Ab­bas made the vow dur­ing a meet­ing in Ra­mal­lah with a num­ber of Is­raeli del­e­gates in­clud­ing for­mer Meretz Chair­man and co-founder of the Geneva Ini­tia­tive Yossi Beilin.

Mr Ab­bas told the meet­ing that while he does not be­lieve Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu is com­mit­ted to ad­vanc­ing ne­go­ti­a­tions, he re­alises that he has no other Is­raeli gov­ern­ment to deal with.

Mr Ab­bas’s com­ments came ahead of a meet­ing due to be held on Wed­nes­day be­tween Pales­tinian Prime Min­is­ter Salam Fayyad and Mr Ne­tanyahu. Mr Fayyad was ex­pected to present a set of po­si­tions for talks, in­clud­ing an end to set­tle­ment con­struc­tion and an agree­ment on the 1967 lines as the fu­ture bor­der of a Pales­tinian state.

The Pales­tinian state­hood bid at the UN last Septem­ber was not brought be­fore the Gen­eral Assem­bly or the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil for a vote, largely due to pres­sure from the US and Is­rael.

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