Abbas: Palestinians Will Go to Security Council Over Full UN Membership

Speaking at emergency Islamic summit, Palestinian leader calls on world’s nations to reconsider their recognition of Israel after U.S. announcement on Jerusalem

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks during a news conference following the extraordinary meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation in Istanbul, Turkey, December 13, 2017.
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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Wednesday the Palestinians will "go to the United Nations Security Council" over full UN membership after the U.S. decided to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. 

Abbas, who spoke at an extraordinary meeting of Islamic leaders in Istanbul on U.S. President Donald Trump's announcement, did not elaborate on how the Palestinians intended to become a full member state. 

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Speaking at the summit, the Palestinian leader called on world nations, in particular European countries, to officially recognize Palestine within the 1967 borders. He said Saudi Arabia's King Salman promised him personally that there will be no peace deal without a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.

Abbas also called on the world’s nations to reconsider their recognition of Israel after the U.S. announcement.

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The Palestinian leader said U.S. President Donald Trump's declaration was in violation of international law and UN Security Council resolutions. "It crosses all the red lines," he said. “Jerusalem is and always will be the capital of Palestine.”

Abbas said it was unacceptable for the U.S. to have a role in the Middle East peace process because it was biased in favor of Israel. He added that the Palestinian Authority could withdraw its membership in international bodies over the decision.

"Trump gave Jerusalem to the Zionist movement as if it as an American city, but for the first time the entire world stood against him, even Britain, Canada and Australia," Abbas said.