Palestinians postpone draft resolution to UN

Amidst tensions in West Bank and Jerusalem, as well as pressure from the US, Palestinians postpone draft resolution; Turkish media reports Abbas willing to accept Palestinian state on 22% of land allocated for “Palestine”

UN Security Council (Reuters)

UN Security Council (Reuters)

The Palestinian Authority announced it has decided to postpone its draft resolution to the United Nations Security Council calling for Israel to withdraw from the West Bank as per 1967 borders. The draft resolution also calls for East Jerusalem to be the capitol of a future Palestinian state.

The Palestinians were to submit the proposal this week and have threatened to submit the proposal for months.

The decision to postpone the statehood bill is reportedly a result of pressure from the Obama Administration to continue to work towards resumption of peace talks as well as failure by Palestinian factions in the UN to gain support from nine member states of the Security Council.

The United States has been clear it would use veto power to avoid such a proposal passing through the UN Security Council, pressing for diplomatic relations and peace talks for a two-state solution.

Both Israeli and American leaders and diplomats have consistently called for a unilateral effort for a two-state solution.

As a result of weeks of riots, violence and tension between Palestinian and Israeli security officials, the Palestinian Authority is also reportedly not pressing the proposal.

Additionally Turkish media announced that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas would accept a deal for a Palestinian state for 22% of what he believes “Palestine” to be.

However, Riyad Mansour, the observer to the United Nations under the “State of Palestine” stated on Wednesday, “the time has come to find the political will in order to work seriously for achieving the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, including the independence of the Palestinian state on the bases of 1967 [borders].”