RAMALLAH (SaebPress) — On Saturday The ‘Israeli’ Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon warned Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas that “Israel will negotiate with other Palestinian factors if he presses forward with his statehood bid”, the Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to submit a request to the UN General Assembly to upgrade Palestine status (PLO) from observer to nonmember state on November 29, and will ask the Assembly to vote on the measure.
Speaking on ‘Israel’ Radio, Ayalon explained that there are other Palestinian groups with which Israel can negotiate, but the deputy foreign minister refused to specify to which groups he was referring.
Earlier Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas ,said that “nothing will prevent the Palestinians from attempting to gain nonmember status at the United Nations on Thursday.
“We are certain that countries of the free world will support us , we are ready to return to the negotiating table immediately after obtaining the status upgrade at the UN”. Abbas said
Palestinians expect the UN General Assembly to vote two-thirds in favour of granting Palestine nonmember status.
Mean while western powers mounting their pressure on the Palestinians not to proceed with their UN bid.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told Abbas during their last week meeting in Ramallah that the Palestinians “would destroy themselves politically” if they press forward with their unilateral UN bid.
Palestinian newspaper al-Ayyam reported Saturday that the British, French, and German foreign ministers asked Abbas to delay his planned UN bid, but Abbas refused.
Saeb Shaath a Middle East political Expert told reporters “since the brutal criminal war on Gaza, the Palestinian leadership are more united and definitely more adamant to go to the United Nations”.
William Hague: “final chance maybe for a two state solution”
British Foreign Secretary William Hague on Sunday urged the United States to take a more active role in seeking a lasting settlement between Israelis and Palestinians, warning of a “final chance” for a two-state solution.
Hague told the BBC it was “time for a huge effort on the Middle East peace process. This is what I have been calling for, particularly calling for the United States now after their election to show the necessary leadership on this over the coming months, because they have crucial leverage with Israel and no other country has,” Hague said.
“We’re coming to the final chance maybe for a two state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” he added.