Is the Palestinian Authority Abandoning Their UN Bid for Statehood?

I’m not yet sure whether this is true or just Ynet spin:

Faced with opposition from the United States, a number of top Palestinian officials are quietly advising President Mahmoud Abbas to drop plans to seek recognition for a state at the United Nations this fall.

Suggested hesitation aside, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki declared Thursday that the PA will submit a membership request to United Nations Secretary-General Ben Ki-moon as early as July.

Top Palestinian officials said that while Abbas remains committed to his plan, he would like to have an option to “climb down from the tree” and find a mutually acceptable formula for restarting negotiations with Israel, preferably based on ideas presented by President Barack Obama recently.

Some Palestinian sources said that there is a widespread sense that Abbas, having advertised his intentions so prominently, has left himself with little room to maneuver and may proceed with the UN gambit simply to avoid a loss of credibility.

“We are trapped with September,” said one official. “We don’t know what to do after that.”

It seems to me that if Abu Mazen reversed himself on this he would lose what little credibility he has left with the Palestinian people. It’s no big secret that the U.S. has been putting the screws to the Palestinians over this with some reports suggesting the Obama administration has threatened to cut off all funding, which would be a devastating blow to the West Bank economy. It’s interesting how quick the U.S. is to sanction the Palestinians for what we see as their intransigence but when it comes to the Israelis, well, they can do whatever they want, including publicly embarrass the President of the U.S. on his home turf.

The PA/Fatah already are deemed by many of their own people to be puppets of Israel and the U.S. Abandoning the statehood bid now would be the political death-knell for Abu Mazen.

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2 Comments on “Is the Palestinian Authority Abandoning Their UN Bid for Statehood?”

  1. jonolan Says:

    Perhaps Mazen prefers his political death knell over the more permanent physical death knell of the Palestinians that would likely result from such a bid for statehood.

    Personally though, I hope they get it. Then one rocket – and you know there’d be far more than just one – would be an act of war under anyone’s rules and Israel could finally do what should have done decades ago.


    • Stacy Says:

      Oh, ok, so you’d like to see the Palestinians/Gaza wiped off the map or something like that? I love how some adopt the exact same hateful messaging that has been used against Israel. But apparently it’s ok to use against the Palestinians? Two wrongs don’t make a right.

      If the bid for statehood were to become a reality, which it won’t because the US will block it, Israel would likely find themselves engaged in potential “acts of war” and hostility in the Occupied Territories- like, for example, if they take unilateral actions in response, such as annexing more of the settlement outposts that even Israel recognizes as illegal. It cuts both ways.

      What is needed is two states- the violence on both sides must end.


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