Palestinians have announced new moves in a bid to secure international support for an independent state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. They plan to take their case to the UN Security Council, frustrated at the lack of progress in talks with Israel.
Saeb Erekat who is the Palestinian chief negotiator stressed that they were not acting alone. “Palestinians are not going to take any unilateral steps. Palestinians and Arabs are seeking in consultation with the Europeans, the Russians, the UN, the African group, the Latin group, the Asian group and others along with the Americans to see the possibility of having the Security Council pass a resolution to recognize the two-state solution on the 67 borders,” he said.
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded with a warning. “There is no substitute to negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority and any unilateral path will only unravel the framework of agreements between us and will only bring unilateral steps from Israel’s side,” he said.
Netanyahu has called for a swift resumption of peace talks that have been stalled for a year. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is demanding a halt to Israeli construction in the occupied West Bank before that can happen.