UN bid threat ahead of Fayyad talks
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.