Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas announced that he will request that the UN Security Council recognize the PA as a full member of the UN. Furthermore, Abbas is trying to apply a clause in a law, which has not been initiated since 1960, that attempts to deny the US the right to vote on the matter. In response, a White House official stated that such rhetoric “has prevented peace for years” and does not surprise the US.
Will Abbas prevent the US from voting? Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News
After Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas announced that he has already contacted the UN Security Council requesting that the PA receive full UN membership, Abbas is attempting to apply a clause in a UN law that prevents the country related to the bill from voting. If Abbas’s attempt is successful, it would prevent the US from participating in the vote. A senior-level White House official stated that such rhetoric “has prevented peace for years” and does not surprise the US.
The official added that US President Donald Trump “remains as committed to peace as ever” and that the Trump administration will continue working hard on a plan that “will benefit the Israeli and Palestinian peoples.”
The official, who asked to remain anonymous due to a scheduled public statement, also said that the US will reveal its strategy “when it is ready and the time is right.”
According to the clause that the PA wishes to apply, a member country of the UN Security Council cannot vote on a controversial issue to which it is directly related. The clause has not been activated since 1960, when Argentina abstained from a vote concerning the question of whether or not German Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann’s so-called “kidnapping” from the country’s territory by Israeli Mossad agents was a violation of sovereignty.