Israeli-Palestinian showdown shapes up at UN
By KHALED ABU TOAMEH
PA foreign minister: Abbas will seek non-member status at next Genenral Assembly meeting.
PA President Mahmoud Abbas addresses UNGA Photo: REUTERS
The UN General Assembly in September is once again shaping up as a “hot front” in Israeli-Palestinian diplomatic skirmishes, with the PA saying it will seek non-state membership in the General Assembly, and Israel responding that such a move would elicit a tough response. Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riad Malki announced the move on Saturday.
The PA is hoping that a vote in favor of its application to the General Assembly, where the Palestinians enjoy the backing of more than 130 countries, would pave the way for taking the case back to the UN Security Council to seek full recognition of a Palestinian state. Such a move would have no impact on the ground, but would go a long way toward furthering the Palestinian goal that any future state should be based on the June 4, 1967, lines, something Israel opposes.
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