Acting Palestinian Authority (PA) chief Mahmoud Abbas has vowed that the Palestinian initiative for full membership at the United Nations will not come to a halt.
“Regarding the [UN] Security Council and the membership application of Palestine…, we uphold the Palestinian approach,” Abbas said in a Monday statement, AFP reported.
He said any Palestinian state recognized by the UN had to be based on the borders of 1967 — the year, when Israel occupied the Palestinian territories of the Gaza Strip, West Bank, and East Jerusalem.
He also asserted that such a state had to have East Jerusalem as its capital.
The Palestinian Authority needs to secure nine votes to pass a Security Council resolution favoring its UN membership bid. But even if it can garner the votes, a probable US veto will kill the resolution.
In November, the UN Security Council’s admissions committee said that there was no consensus among the 15 council nations on Palestine’s membership bid at the time.