SHAFAQNA- Palestine, Sep.23, President of the Palestinian National Unity Government Mahmoud Abbas says he will push for a resolution at the UN General Assembly to end the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories.
“This week I will propose to the United Nations a new timetable for peace talks. The key is to agree on a map to delineate the borders,” Abbas said on Monday.
Abbas said that he will seek membership in international institutions and agencies including the International Criminal Court (ICC), if the UN rejects his appeal.
Joining the ICC could potentially open the door to war crimes charges against Israel, both for its deadly military actions in Gaza and for the ongoing construction of Israeli illegal settlements on occupied land.
“The international community has the responsibility to protect our people, living under the terror of settlers, an occupying army,” Abbas said.
Abbas is scheduled to speak at the UN General Assembly on Friday and meet US Secretary of State John Kerry later.
Abbas adviser Nabil Abu Rdeneh also said that the Palestinian leader would present a new strategy in his UN speech and use meetings on the sidelines of the General Assembly to draw international support for his proposal.
Under the plan, Abbas would ask the UN Security Council to issue a binding resolution, with a specific date for ending Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East al-Quds (Jerusalem) that were captured by Israel in 1967.
In 2012, the UN General Assembly recognized the territories as making up a state of Palestine.
Over half a million Israelis live in more than 120 settlements built since the 1967 Israeli occupation of the West Bank including East al-Quds. The international community considers the settlements as illegal.