While PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) thought his move, threatening the White House that an American veto of PA statehood would mark and end of the two-state solution would push the Americans to back down, the White House may just have the last word.
Meeting in Ramallah on Sunday (Sept. 18), US Mideast envoy Dennis Ross told Abu Mazen that going ahead with his plans to file for full statehood membership with UN Security Council this week will lead to sanctions on the PA.
Abu Mazen has repeatedly shunned American’s position and the promised veto of a PA move, stating the time for statehood is overdue and as such, the PA was planning to take its case to the Security Council. In reality, the latter is simply a formality at present since even though the PA enjoys support in the General Assembly; it lacks a majority in the Security Council to permit it to attain full membership.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)