Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas says he is ready to accept “non-member state” status at the United Nations, if Israel does not resume peace talks.
He made the comments as French President Francois Hollande lent his support to Palestinian aims for UN state recognition.
Last September the Palestinian bid for full member status fell apart when the United States said it would veto it.
Security Council backing is required for bids for full UN membership.
Israel is strongly opposed to any Palestinian bid for UN state recognition and has lobbied against it.
Israel fears Palestinian efforts for higher status at the UN are part of a plan to delegitimise the state of Israel.
Mr Abbas told a news conference in Paris that if Israel decided not to restart negotiations, “we will of course go to the (UN) General Assembly to obtain non-member status”.
Mr Hollande, whose recent election has reversed French policy towards Palestinian ambitions at the UN, backed Mr Abbas’s aims.
“Today, we must do everything to facilitate the recognition of a Palestinian state via a negotiated process,” Mr Hollande said at the same news conference.
Direct peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians stalled in late 2010 when Palestinians walked out in protest at the building of Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank.
Currently, Palestinians have “observer” status at the UN, without voting rights.
To read more, visit:Â http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-18372114
Don’t let the MSM censor your news as America becomes Great Again. Over 500,000 Americans receive our daily dose of life, liberty and pursuit of happiness along with Breaking News direct to their inbox—and you can too. Sign up to receive news and views from The 1776Coalition!
We know how important your privacy is and your information is SAFE with us. We’ll never sell
your email address and you can unsubscribe at any time directly from your inbox.