Erekat: Palestinians Not Expecting U.S. Support in UN Security Council

'We have no expectations of the Obama administration during the time it has left,' says Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat.

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Saeb Erekat at the HaaretzQ conference, December 13, 2015.
Saeb Erekat at the HaaretzQ conference, December 13, 2015.Credit: Erica Gannett for IRL Productions
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The United States has not promised the Palestinian Authority that it will withhold its United Nations Security Council veto should a resolution regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict come up for a vote, senior Palestinian diplomat Saeb Erekat said on Thursday.

Despite the recent criticism of Israel aired by President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry, and rumors the U.S would stop using its veto power to block resolutions regarding Israel's borders or those containing a condemnation of Israeli settlements, the Palestinians have been told in private meetings that an American veto was not an option, the PA's chief negotiator explained.

"We have no expectations of the Obama administration during the time it has left," Erekat told a conference in honor of the upcoming Christmas holiday.

Asked why the PA does not jettison the two state solution, Erekat said: "Those who propose a one-state solution have not internalized the fact that Israel will never agree to such a solution, if based on equally and democracy."

Regarding Israeli complaints that the PA has not condemned Palestinian attacks on Israelis, Erekat said that "it's not the function of the leadership to condemn, but to provide security for the nation and its citizens – and that's what Israel under Netanyahu doesn't do.

"It has destroyed the hope and the possibility to believe in peace among young Palestinians and it sells illusions and lies to the Israeli public, according to which there is no partner among the Palestinians. All that, in order to strengthen the settlement enterprise and destroy any chance of peace.

Erekat added: "We are on the verge of a new year in which the Palestinian leadership will make hard decisions, unless the international community wakes up and saves the two-state solution.

"The status quo will not continue in 2016," he said.

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