PLO Official: UN Status 'Last Chance' to Save Two-state Solution

Palestinians will not waive right to apply to join the International Criminal Court, Hanan Ashrawi tells foreign journalists in Ramallah.

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The Palestinians' bid for UN recognition as a non-member observer state is a last chance to save the two-state solution, Hanan Ashrawi said Wednesday.

Speaking at a press conference at the PLO's headquarters in Ramallah, Ashrawi, a member of the PLO's Executive Committee, told the dozens of foreign journalists present that the PLO would not agree to any changes in the resolution it submitted, and in particular wouldn't waive its right to apply to join the International Criminal Court.

Israel, she said, has grown accustomed to being able to dictate to the rest of the world and to blackmail the Palestinians via its "proxies," first and foremost the United States. Now, it doesn't know how to handle the Palestinians' imminent success, she said.

The PLO has prepared plans to deal with possible sanctions by Israel, America and Canada, Ashrawi added, but this isn't the time to unveil them.

Washington, Ashrawi said, tried desperately to prevent the UN move, but now understands that it can't.

She added that she hoped U.S. President Barack Obama's second administration would try to atone for the shortcomings of his first. That one, she said, failed to meet a single Palestinian expectation.

Palestinian official Hanan Ashrawi.Credit: Nir Kafri

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