Arab League backs Palestinian UN bid for state
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas arrives for a meeting of foreign ministers at the headquarters of the Arab League in the Egyptian capital Cairo on September 7, 2014. [AFP]
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The Palestinian envoy to Egypt says Arab League (AL) member states have supported the Palestinian appeal to the United Nations (UN) to recognize Palestine as an independent state.
Jamal al-Shobaki said on Tuesday that the 22-members of the league had agreed to push the idea in the UN Security Council (UNSC) and other regional and international groups.
Al-Shobaki noted that Arab foreign ministers are also discussing a draft resolution to back efforts by the president of the Palestinian national unity government, Mahmoud Abbas, to present an international ultimatum to Israel.
In August 2014, Abbas called on the UN to set a deadline for Israel to end its occupation of land captured during the 1967 war.
Al-Shobaki insisted that the appeal to the UN is in line with other international resolutions in regards to the establishment of a Palestinian state.
"This is a political battle," Al-Shobaki said, adding that "Giving the Palestinians their right will be reflected as stability in the region.”
The appeal came after Israeli authorities failed to reach a peace agreement with Palestinian negotiators.
On November 29, 2012, the United Nations General Assembly voted to upgrade Palestine’s status at the UN from "non-member observer entity" to "non-member observer state" despite strong opposition from Israel and the US.
The upgrade allows the Palestinians to participate in debates at the UN General Assembly and improves their chances of joining UN agencies and the International Criminal Court (ICC) where they could file complaints against Israel.
The latest developments come as Israeli military unleashed aerial attacks on Gaza in early July and later expanded its military campaign with a ground invasion into the Palestinian territory. Over 2,130 Palestinians lost their lives and some 11,000 were injured in the raids.
The Tel Aviv regime did not even spare hospitals and UN-run schools sheltering thousands of Palestinians during its attacks against the densely-inhabited sliver.