Palestinians to submit U.N. Security Council resolution, official says

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas addresses the U.N. General Assembly on Sept. 26. Credit: UN Photo/Amanda Voisard.

( The Palestinian Authority (PA) is looking to submit a resolution to the United Nations Security Council by the end of November, calling for an end date of “Israel’s occupation” in the West Bank, a senior Palestinian official said Tuesday.

The threat of a PA resolution comes amid a stall in the U.S.-led effort to foster peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians. 

“No other solution [to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict] has been proposed by the United States,” Wassel Abu Yusef, a senior official in the Palestine Liberation Organization, told AFP.

According to Saeb Erekat, a senior PA negotiator, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry recently informed him that the U.S. would veto any Security Council resolutions. 

“I don’t know if he [Kerry] used the term veto, [but] he said [going to] the Security Council is not an option. He was very clear with me,” Erekat told AFP

Yet there has been recent speculation that the U.S. may not veto a Palestinian resolution. Tension between Israel and the U.S. has increased of late, including a recent anonymous U.S. official calling Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a “chickenshit” amid American frustration with Jewish construction beyond the pre-1967 lines. 

Posted on November 4, 2014 .