Abbas will “no longer deal” with Israel should peace deal fail

Published December 23rd, 2014 - 04:15 GMT

Palestine's president Mahmoud Abbas threatened cutting relations with Israel should the United Nations Security Council resolution calling for a final peace deal fall through, reports the Agence France Presse.

Abbas told the Algerian APS news agency "if the Arab-Palestinian initiative submitted to the Security Council to put an end to (Israeli) occupation doesn't pass, we will be forced to take the necessary political and legal decisions." He continued by saying, "if it fails, we will no longer deal with the Israeli government, which will then be forced to assume its responsibilities as an occupier."

The draft resolution set a 12-month deadline to wrap up negotiations and will pave the way for complete Israeli withdrawal from the Palestinian territories by the end of 2017. Successful negotiations would lead to a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as a shared capital. 

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