UN may declare Palestine its own sovereign state
The United Nations may declare Palestine a sovereign state whose territory includes all of the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem during its annual General Assembly meeting in September.
According to the New York Times, support for a UN resolution to recognize an independent Palestinian state has steadily been growing.
The declaration of Palestine state would put Israel in a bind. If the UN were to pass such a resolution, Israel would be occupying land belonging to a fellow UN member. Israel has been building settlements in the West Bank and Gaza for decades.
Israeli-Palestinian negotiations broke off months ago after Israel refused to halt the construction of further settlements.
“We want to generate pressure on Israel to make it feel isolated and help it understand that there can be no talks without a stop to settlements,” Nabil Shaath, leader of the foreign affairs department of Fatah, the main party of the Palestinian Authority, said. “Without that, our goal is membership in the United Nations General Assembly in September.”
White House Middle East advisor Dennis Ross said Monday that the United States was opposed to the Palestinian Authority seeking a UN statehood declaration.
“We have consistently made it clear that the way to produce a Palestinian state is through negotiations, not through unilateral declarations, not through going to the UN,” Dennis Ross told the Anti-Defamation League’s annual leadership conference. “Our position on that has been consistent in opposition.”