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Palestinian Opposition Emerges to Abbas’ Statehood Gambits

TheTower.org–Internal Palestinian opposition is emerging to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ continued efforts to achieve statehood through acceptance in United Nations bodies. Agence France-Presse reported: “Hamas is totally opposed to any return to the UN Security Council by the Palestinian Authority,” spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said in a statement. “Such a step would be political foolishness which plays a dangerous game with the destiny of our nation….Mahmoud Abbas and the leadership of the Palestinian Authority should completely stop this political foolishness.”

Several PLO factions also objected to the recent unilateral Palestinian UN resolution, irritated that Abbas was not consulting the PLO on such major decisions.

Nonetheless, Reuters reports that Abbas is in discussions with Jordan about submitting a new resolution in 2015. Abbas may be hoping for a better result as the countries newly installed as non-permanent Security Council may look at the Palestinian bid more favorably. However, the US has made it clear that it will veto any statehood resolution even if it would be supported by a majority of council members.

 

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