Yes, this is a "ploy" to avoid sanctions. But it is also a signal of reality. UNSC rules were created in a different (dinausaurean) era. Attempting to push US agenda too strongly will meet a serious backlash. India, China, Brazil, Russia are not interested in the sanctions.
PLO official: Reports about Abbas' resignation from political life very premature (Haaretz)
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