Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said Monday the Palestinians would submit a new resolution for statehood with the UN Security Council “soon,” the Palestinian Ma’an news agency reported.
Speaking during a visit to Ankara following his participation in the Paris anti-terror march on Sunday, Abbas said the Palestinians’ diplomatic campaign wouldn’t be hindered by the Security Council’s recent vote against a statehood resolution.
“Nothing will ever deter us from continuing our march towards obtaining the rights, freedom, and independence of our people,” Abbas said.
The news agency said Abbas, fresh from a trip to Paris where he attended an anti-terror rally, briefed Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the Palestinians’ efforts to join international organizations, including the International Criminal Court, and to receive international recognition of statehood.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said last week that Palestinian moves to apply for membership at the International Criminal Court and to seek statehood unilaterally at the UN had pushed the prospects of peace off the table, rendering the prospects of Palestinian statehood irrelevant for the time being.
Last month, the Palestinian leadership filed paperwork to join the ICC, a move that could open the way to suing Israeli leaders or IDF commanders for war crimes.
The move followed the Palestinians’ failure to win a UN Security Council majority for a resolution imposing a three-year time limit for a full Israeli withdrawal to the pre-1967 lines in the West Bank and Jerusalem.