Palestinian UN Bid Aims to Force Solution on Israel
JERUSALEM, Israel -- Jordan plans to present a resolution to the U.N. Security Council on Monday on behalf of the Palestinians, chief Palestinian Authority negotiator Saeb Erekat said.
The resolution aims to avoid U.S.-backed peace talks and force a solution on Israel within a few years.
It calls for an Israeli withdrawal to the pre-1967 borders. That would divide Jerusalem and uproot hundreds of thousands of Israelis from their biblical homeland to make a Palestinian state.
Erekat said the Palestinian strategy is to change the status quo.
"This status quo is not sustainable and will not continue Either this Palestinian Authority will lead Palestinians from occupation to independence, or Israel -- the occupying power -- will resume its full responsibilities as an occupying power," Erekat said.
If they don't get their way at the United Nations, Erekat said the Palestinians will join international organizations and treaties.
His comments come as Palestinian social media users posted an online video explicitly showing multiple techniques on how to stab a Jew. The video has gone viral.
Just as alarming, the Palestinian Authority ambassador to Iran called Israel a "cancerous growth" that must be eliminated.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his cabinet on Sunday that Iran had stepped up its efforts to "intensify terrorist actions" in Judea and Samaria, also known as the West Bank.
Netanyahu said the P.A. ambassador to Teheran was enthusiastic over Iranian ruler Khamenei's instructions to send weapons to the West Bank.
"The Zionist regime is an aggressive cancerous growth which sooner or later must be eliminated," he reportedly said.
Netanyahu pointed out that this was not Hamas but the Palestinian Authority.
"Now what is the U.N. doing in response? Instead of dealing with this incitement they are giving it an honored place, the same incitement that has led to the recent terrorist attack," Netanyahu said.
"And they are also moving forward on a unilateral Palestinian proposal to try and pass a decision in the Security Council, the purpose of which is to bring about a forced settlement that would establish here a second Hamastan and would endanger our security," he added.
Erekat himself compared Israel to ISIS. Netanyahu reacted to those comments while visiting U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., over the weekend.
"This is the same Palestinian Authority that joins hands with Hamas, incites constantly against Israel, the kind of incitement that has led to an attack that we witnessed just two days ago of a Molotov cocktail thrown at a little girl," Lindsey said.
Netanyahu said the resolution would impose a solution on Israel and undermine its security.
"I want to assure you that we will stand firmly and reject such a dictate. We always have; we always will," he added.
Passage of the resolution would probably depend on whether the United States exercises its veto power.
Graham warned of a "violent pushback" if the United Nations tries to set the terms of peace talks.
"Any effort by the French, the Jordanians, or anyone to avoid direct negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians over the peace process, anyone who tries to take this to the U.N. Security Council, there will be a violent backlash by the Congress that could include suspending funding to the United Nations," Graham said at a press conference.
"We will not sit back and allow the United Nations to take over the peace process," he added.
Palestinians are hoping for a vote in the Security Council later this week and said they'll keep trying to gain support until the last minute.