Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas plans to ask the UN General Assembly to grant membership status to a Palestinian state, Israel Radio reported on Sunday, quoting the Palestinian leader’s speech to a Geneva Initiative delegation — led by former MK Yossi Beilin – in Ramallah.
According to the report, Abbas said he will turn to the General Assembly in the event that Israel rejects the Palestinians’ demand to renew negotiations. Abbas’ conditions for the renewal of talks include a complete construction freeze in West Bank settlements and East Jerusalem, acceptance by Israel of the ’67 borders and the release of Palestinian prisoners.
Abbas said the new push for peace would be discussed with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a meeting set to take place next week.
He also stressed that the cooperation between Israeli and Palestinian security forces, as well as the “successful campaign to prevent violence of any kind,” would continue as long as he stayed in office.