Sunday, Aug. 02
Latest News
  1. Kerry pledges support for Egypt in Cairo talks
  2. UAE to try 41 on charges of seeking 'caliphate'
  3. Two Turkish troops killed in 'PKK suicide attack'
  4. Iraqis protest over poor services, salty tap water
  5. Exiled Yemen PM makes symbolic Aden visit to lead restoration
  6. New Taliban leader calls for unity in ranks in first audio message
  7. Iraqi Kurdistan leadership says PKK should leave
  8. Kerry lands in Egypt on first leg of Mideast tour
  9. Iraqis protest over poor services, salty tap water
  10. Dozens dead as Syria army 'pushes back rebels near regime heartland'
  11. Yemen PM returns to Aden from Saudi exile
  12. Airport source: Yemen PM returns to Aden from Saudi exile
  13. New Taliban leader calls for unity in ranks in first audio message
  14. Iraqis vent rage at power shortages, 'corrupt' leaders
  15. Report: Some 260 PKK members killed in Turkey air strikes
  16. Iraqi Kurdistan urges Turkey to halt PKK bombardment
  17. Bin Laden relatives killed in UK plane crash
  18. Five Libyan troops killed, 18 missing after 'IS attack'
  19. 'Qaeda' suicide bombing kills 9 in Yemen
  20. Al-Qaeda in Syria attacks US-trained rebel base

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