Report: Palestinians accept US request to delay Security Council bid for statehood

By KHALED ABU TOAMEH, JPOST

The London-based pan Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat reported on Thursday that the Palestinian Authority has agreed to delay by two months its plan to seek a Security Council resolution calling for an Israeli withdrawal to the pre-1967 lines within three years.

The paper quoted Palestinian sources in Ramallah as saying that the PA leadership will give US Secretary of State John Kerry a two-month window to present his own plan for peace. The sources said that the PA leadership was nevertheless determined to proceed with the Security Council bid.

The sources also told the newspaper that the PA leadership is prepared to return to the negotiations with Israel but not according to “old mechanisms.”

The Palestinians are now conditioning the resumption of the talks on Israel presenting a map with its borders and a full cessation of settlement construction during the talks, according to the report.

Kerry said on Wednesday that current relations between Israel and the Palestinians were “unsustainable” and that the United States was conscious of the urgency of the situation.

“The current situation, the status quo, is unsustainable,” he said at a joint news conference with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Berlin.

He added that it was necessary to find a way to negotiate and said the US would continue with these efforts: “Obviously we understand the urgency of it,” he said.

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  1. @ Economist:

    “It’s obvious that before the U.S. election Obama would have to veto at the UN. “

    Yes.

    “Afterwards this anti-Israel tyrant will let the resolution pass.”

    Not so sure about that. Depends on the structure & language of the resolution. If it’s offered on grounds of “settlement illegality” or “ending the occupation,” then matters of international law will be implicit. Don’t think BHO wants to open that can of worms, lame duck or no.

    What’s more, if PA (or whoever sponsors the resolution) asks Council to consider the resolution under Article VII (which makes it a DEMAND carrying a readiness to use force to implement) — and if Council proceeds thus to invoke Art. VII — a supporting vote from the Administration will draw the battle lines more sharply than ever before. Might even split the Demo Party. . . .

    And if it’s NOT grounded in some spurious legal claim, there’s no basis for invoking Art. VII anyway. It might as well, under those circumstances, be nothing more than another impotent General Assembly resolution, of which there are DOZENS on related matters already.