Abbas vows to shun Israel if UN move fails

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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said the PA will cut ties with the Israeli government if a draft resolution presented last week to the UN fails to pass.

Speaking to reporters in Algeria, Abbas said if the UN Security Council resolution fails, the leadership will be forced to take the “necessary political and legal decisions,” the Algerian Press Service reported.

“In case of failure, we will no more deal with the Israeli government which will then be obliged to assume its responsibilities as an occupier,” the news agency said.

Abbas said that Palestine will “ultimately regain its independence” with East Jerusalem as its capital, and will not succumb to “Israeli hegemony and oppression”.

Abbas called the Palestinian cause “both the key of peace and war in the Middle East and the very core of the preservation of peace and security”.

Abbas met his Algerian counterpart Abdel-Aziz Bouteflika on Monday during a three-day official visit.

Jordan presented the draft resolution last week to the Security Council on behalf of the PLO.

The resolution sets a 12-month deadline for wrapping up negotiations on a final settlement and the end of 2017 as the time-frame for completing an Israeli withdrawal from occupied Palestinian territories.

A final peace deal would pave the way for the creation of a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as a shared capital, according to the text.

On Tuesday, PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat said the Security Council would vote on the draft text before the end of 2014, although there is still no set date.

In Moscow, Erekat called on the United States not to use its veto on the resolution. He said the Palestinians would sign at least 16 international charters, including joining the International Criminal Court, if the resolution is not passed, Reuters reported.

While US officials have said the draft, as it was submitted by Jordan last week, is not acceptable, the United States has not committed on whether it will use its veto if the resolution garners enough votes to pass.

The Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, meanwhile, urged the Palestinian leadership to “immediately withdraw” the draft resolution, arguing that the leadership is presenting “a confusing picture of the bid”.