It’s all bullshit. 1) there is a reference for negotiations and its Res 242, 2) the occupation is not illegal in that the SC by virtue of 242 authorized Israel to remain in occupation until they had recognized borders. 3) Res 194 has no legal authority and it did not support the right of return. Ted Belman
Erekat says anyone who supports two-state solution should back Palestinian efforts at UN, says would consider dismantling the PA if statehood bid is thwarted; PLO official says UN bid inspired by Obama speech.
The Palestinian Authority on Saturday warned the US against using the veto to thwart its plan to seek membership for a Palestinian state in the UN next week.
The PA said that a US veto would “destroy” the two-state solution.
The warning came hours after PA President Mahmoud Abbas announced in a speech in Ramallah that he would ask the UN Security Council to accept membership of a Palestinian state.
Chief PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat warned that the US Administration’s use of a veto to foil the PA move would destroy the two-state solution.
“Anyone who supports the two-state solution should back the Palestinian effort [at the UN],” he said.
Erekat hinted that the Palestinians would consider dismantling the PA if the US thwarted their statehood bid.
Zakariya al-Agha, the PLO’s top representative in the Gaza Strip, also warned against the consequences of a US veto at the UN next week.
He said that the PA was going to the UN because US President Barack Obama, in his last speech to the UN in 2010, talked about the establishment of an independent and sovereign Palestinian state within one year.
“We are going to the Security Council,” Abbas declared. “As soon as I finish delivering my speech [at the UN on September 23], I will submit the application [for membership] to the UN Secretary-General, who will relay it to the president of the Security Council.”
Abbas said that his “extensive and sincere” efforts to reach an agreement that wound end occupation and lead to an independent Palestinian state through negotiations have hit a dead end.
He blamed Israeli “intransigence” for failure of the peace process.
“We seek to gain membership in the UN on the basis of the 1967 borders so that we could afterward return to the negotiations on a clear and internationally recognized reference.”
Abbas said that the statehood bid was only part of the Palestinian strategy that is designed to “put the Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital back on the geography map.”
He also cautioned Palestinians against resorting to violence, stressing that support for the statehood bid should be “peaceful.” Otherwise, he said, this could “harm us and sabotage our efforts.”
Abbas made it clear that the statehood bid would not affect the status of the PLO as “the sole legitimate representative of the Palestinians.” He said that the PLO would continue to exist and function not only until a solution is reached, but until it’s implemented.
The PLO, he pointed out, would also continue to work toward solving the issue of the Palestinian refugees.
Abbas said that he was ware that the Palestinian would face major obstacles and difficulties after the statehood bid at the UN. But, he said, “we must remain determined to achieve our goal.”
He said that even if the PA succeeds at the UN, “we must know that occupation would not end the day after the recognition of the state. But we would have gained recognition of the world that our state is occupied and that our lands are no longer disputed territories as the Israeli government claims.”
Calling on Palestinians to take to the streets on September 21 to support the statehood bid, al-Agha emphasized the importance of avoiding violence “so as not to give the Israeli government any excuses to ignite the region.”
The PLO official said that the statehood bid would not affect the Palestinian refugees’ “right of return” to their original homes inside Israel.
“The Palestinian state is being established in connection with UN resolutions 242 and 338,” he pointed out. “But the right of return for the refugees is guaranteed through UN resolution 194.”