Abbas Threatens to Reevaluate Palestinian Authority's Security Ties With Israel

Says relationship at risk if UN Security Council does not approve planned resolution on setting borders and timetable for ending occupation.

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas delivers a speech at Cooper Union, September 22, 2014, in New York.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas delivers a speech at Cooper Union, September 22, 2014, in New York. Credit: AP
Jack Khoury
Jack Khoury

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will reevaluate the Palestinian Authority's ties with Israel if the UN Security Council does not pass a planned resolution that would set a timetable for ending Israel's occupation of the West Bank and establish an independent Palestinian state on the 1967 borders, he told reporters Wednesday.

"There is a relationship with Israel, and we will reevaluate everything," Abbas said in a press briefing with Palestinian reporters at his Ramallah office.

Israel's security coordination with the Palestinian Authority would be among the issues the PA would reconsider, Abbas said.

In Washington, meanwhile, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was set to meet with U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House on Wednesday. Senior officials in Netanyahu’s entourage said he planned to tell Obama that the international war against Islamic State must not result in concessions to Iran in the ongoing negotiations over its nuclear program.

In Ramallah, Abbas said the Palestinian delegation to the United Nations is meeting with representatives of several countries in an effort to get a resolution passed, once it is officially proposed. All substantive Security Council draft resolutions must have the agreement of all members in order to be adopted. Any of the five permanent members of the body — China, France, Russia, the United States and the United Kingdom — can use its veto power to reject a substantive resolution.

A return to peace talks is possible once borders and a timetable for ending the occupation are set, the next step, Abbas said.

"As soon as we get that, we are willing to return to the negotiating table," he said.

The Palestinians will have no choice but to appeal to other international organizations if the proposal is not adopted, Abbas said. The PA has repeatedly threatened to join the International Criminal Court in The Hague, which concerns Israel because it could lead to the prosecution of Israeli leaders for military and political decisions related to the Palestinians.

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