Thursday, Sept. 03
Latest News
  1. Chung claims 'fraud' in FIFA presidential poll
  2. Obama expected to press Saudi King on conflicts in Syria, Yemen
  3. UN: 13 million children denied education by Mideast wars
  4. Drowned toddler sparks fresh horror over Europe migrant crisis
  5. IS claims Yemen Shiite mosque attack that killed 28
  6. US calls for release of Chinese rights activists
  7. Trial of Congolese rebel opens with gruesome images
  8. Gunmen kills 2 Yemeni staff of Red Cross
  9. Iran to confiscate cars of 'poorly veiled' women
  10. 'At least 50 dead' in Shebab attack on AU base
  11. Thousands arrive in Athens as migrant influx piles pressure on EU
  12. Millions strike in India over 'anti-labor reforms'
  13. Turkish connection probed in Bangkok bomber search
  14. Italy ready to impose border controls after Germany request
  15. Israel opposes Palestinian flag-raising at the UN
  16. Saudi top cleric slams Iran prophet movie
  17. Qatar to enforce key labor reform from November
  18. Lebanon government powerless as protesters escalate campaign
  19. Car bomb kills 10 in Syria regime bastion Latakia
  20. Gunmen kidnap 18 Turks in Iraq capital

Israel mulls steps against PA over UN bid

Nov. 6, 2012 11:59 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 7, 2012 7:05 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Reuters) -- Senior members of Israel's cabinet on Tuesday weighed punitive steps that could be taken against the Palestinians if they pursue a campaign to upgrade their status to "observer state" at the United Nations this month.

A senior Israeli official said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's inner circle of ministers reached an agreement in principle on the measures Israel may take if the Palestinians ask the UN General Assembly for the diplomatic upgrade.

The upgrade could grant the Palestinians, now registered as an "observer entity", access to bodies such as the International Criminal Court, where they could file complaints against Israel.

Israel and the United States oppose the unilateral move by the Palestinians and have called on President Mahmoud Abbas to return to peace talks that collapsed in 2010 over Israeli settlement construction in the occupied West Bank.

The Israeli official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that if the Palestinians pushed on with the UN bid, Israel may cancel the Paris Protocol, a key economic accord it maintains with the cash-strapped Palestinian Authority.

The official added that the government might also adopt portions of a legal panel's report that recommended in July a legalisation of dozens of outposts set up by Israeli settlers in the West Bank.

Israeli commentaters do not expect decisions on any steps before the result of Tuesday's US election is known.

The Palestinians want to establish a state in east Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, territories Israel captured in a 1967 Mideast war. Most countries consider settlements Israel has built in occupied territory as illegal under international law.

Frustrated in their request for full statehood last year amid US opposition at the UN Security Council, Palestinians have launched a watered-down bid for recognition as an "observer state" -- the same status given to the Vatican.

They are heading for a sure victory in the General Assembly, which is composed mostly of post-colonial states historically sympathetic to the Palestinians, but West Bank diplomats are courting European countries to further burnish their case.
Powered By: HTD Technologies
Ma'an News Agency
All rights reserved © 2005-2015