Arab League to seek full UN membership for Palestinian state

At General Assembly meeting in New York in September, Arab League will request that UN recognize a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, with East Jerusalem as its capital.


An Arab League committee decided on Saturday to seek full UN membership for a Palestinian state in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, with East Jerusalem as its capital, it said in a statement.

The Arab League’s peace process follow-up committee said it would request membership for the state of Palestine at the UN General Assembly’s meeting in New York in September. 

Qatar’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem al-Thani speaks as Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (L) listens on during the opening of the Arab League Monitoring Committee in Doha on May 28, 2011.

“The committee decided to go to the United Nations to request full membership for Palestine on the 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital,” it said in a statement.

Earlier on Saturday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said there were “no shared foundations” for peace talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and seeking UN recognition of Palestinian statehood was his only option.

Abbas expressed concern that taking the diplomatic step opposed by the United States and Israel could result in financial sanctions and urged Arab states to fill any gap.

While he left room for a compromise, saying a resumption of peace talks on terms acceptable to the Palestinians would avoid the UN move, the remarks were some of Abbas’s bleakest yet on the likelihood of more negotiations.

Palestinian leaders have said Netanyahu’s ideas for peace with the Palestinians, outlined in a speech to the U.S. Congress on Tuesday, put more obstacles in the path of an already moribund peace process.

“We see from the conditions that Netanyahu laid out that there are no shared foundations … for negotiations. Our fundamental option is to go to the United Nations,” Abbas said in his opening remarks.

“This is no secret, we have said it to the Americans and the Europeans and the Israelis, our only option is to go to the United Nations,” he said.

  1. #1 by Ingrid B. on 05/30/2011 - 9:34

    The United Nations has done very little for the Palestinians in decades, why would Abbas believe things will be any different now..

  2. #2 by funky d on 05/30/2011 - 9:34

    these F***ING COWARDLY arab leaders should demand a recognition on pre 1947 borders, i.e. the whole of palestine returned to the palestinians. as well as returning lebanon, syria, egypt, jordan, iraq, etc to their indigenous populations. they have the power to make changes by withholding oil and money to the parasite-alites and its little bitches (the uk/usa/un/nato/etc) but instead they give it all away to those murderous bast***s and betray their own nations.

  3. #3 by spktruth200 on 05/31/2011 - 9:34

    Funky that aint happenin’. The best deal we can get is 1967 borders…as has been promised. If the zionists refuse this move, the entire middle east is going to explode. Its not the ARAB league thats the problem here, its zionists and the US government NOW controlling the White House, State Dept, Congress and every agency within this government. People around the world believe that the american people are free…we are not free nor do we have freedom of the press or freedom of speech…we are living in a police state and have been for some decades….the gates are closing in on us.

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