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PLO to pursue diplomatic efforts following ceasefire deal
Published Thursday 28/08/2014 (updated) 04/09/2014 11:07
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian leadership will pursue diplomatic efforts at the UN Security Council in a bid to end Israel's decades-long occupation following a ceasefire deal in Gaza, a senior Fatah official said late Wednesday.

Nabil Shaath told Ma'an that the PLO would first submit an application to the UN Security Council on Sept. 15 demanding a "timetable" for Israel's withdrawal from the occupied Palestinian territory.

The Arab League will meet on Sept. 5 to discuss how to support the move.

If that request is denied, the PLO will take their case to the International Criminal Court to hold senior Israeli officials such as Prime Minister Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon accountable for Israel's devastating assault on Gaza, which killed over 2,000 Palestinians.

"Taking the case to the ICC is conditional upon the Security Council response to our request," Shaath said, adding that the issue is being discussed within Palestinian political circles.

A permanent unity government, with Hamas as a full partner, will then be formed in order to facilitate the reconstruction of the war-torn Gaza Strip, Shaath added.

Palestinian and Israeli delegations will meet at a later date in Cairo to agree on the procedures for operating Gaza's crossings.

Shaath said that Israel accepted the ceasefire deal without the demilitarization of Hamas following pressure from the United States.

Israel fears losing its allies given the ongoing unrest in the region, he added.

The long-term ceasefire which came into effect on Tuesday also includes the opening of crossings for goods and aid under heavy Israeli supervision, which Palestinian negotiators say will signal the end of Israel's crippling eight-year long blockade of the Strip, long a key Palestinian condition.
1 ) AKeenReader / UK
28/08/2014 12:38
Why wait till 15th September? It's a waste of time waiting that long plus it's no use boradcasting letting your enemies know what you intend to do. Just do it. Mr Abbas has given plenty of opportunities to brutal Israeli govts, now its time to act.

2 ) JoeFattal / USA
28/08/2014 15:19
"Israel fears losing its allies". Israel has one and that maybe one ally, its the US. Beside that they made more enemies than I have friends.

3 ) David / USA
28/08/2014 15:45
It's 'disputed' territory, not 'occupied' territory. The Arabs that lived here in the 1880s - 1930s were living in Ottoman Empire lands which were divvied up after WWI. If the Arabs had simply said, "Ok, you can live here, but leave us alone," the place would be a blooming garden. But the Mufti was a Hitler worshipper and when you put Islam and Nazis together, you get vicious Jew hatred. Even though dar al-Islam was spread by the sword, it can't handle living in peace with 'infidels.'

4 ) inbound39 / New Zealand
28/08/2014 16:27
It is a total fallacy and pure Hasbara to say Palestinian territory is disputed. The entire World with the exception of Israel deems it Occupied Territory in keeping with International Law. Theodore Meron,Israels legal advisor in 1967 told the Israeli government that but they ignored him and began settlement building. Israel declared its borders as those definied by the Partition Plan. Those are the borders Israel is internationally recognised upon.

5 ) Tinkerbell / Palestine
28/08/2014 17:09
Patience is a virtue (1), so as long as President Abbas does exactly what he says he is going to do & isn't side tracked by anyone (like USRAEL), it should be ok. Best to get some blinkers on him quick though, just to be sure.

6 ) Dixie Normous / USA
28/08/2014 17:19
David, pull your head out. Why is it that prior to Israhell Jews and Palestinians lived in peace? Why does Israhell has the right to overtake peoples homes and destroy their cities? Get past the fact of what happened 100 years ago and move to the present times. The creation of Israhell was illegal and their settlements are illegal. Simply, Israhell has illegal occupied Palestinian land and illegals built settlements again on Palestinian land. It's not disputed territory its occupied you moron

7 ) Jacques / South Africa
28/08/2014 17:30
1), 2) and 4) they all make me laugh. How more ridiculous can you be!!!!

8 ) Stanley Tee / Canada
28/08/2014 17:34
Inbound39, under international law, Israel has better claim to all of Judea and Samaria (aka the west bank) and all of Jerusalem than any other entity. See the Mandate for Palestine and Chapter 80 of the UN Charter, which clearly states that all League of Nations decisions shall continue unchanged. Then, if you can, name any international law that says otherwise.

9 ) carlos / usa
28/08/2014 17:40
The only country which considers the occupied territories disputed is israel. No one, including the USA, consider the West Bank and East Jerusalem disputed territory. The UN, USA and all countries in the world consider these occupied territories. If israel denies Palestine then Netanyahu and his murderous criminal gang will never be able to travel outside israel. It is like israels ridiculous claim that it does not occupy Gaza.

10 ) Outlier / USA
28/08/2014 18:13
4., Inbound, your mind is clearly outbound. The territory is disputed because boundaries, security and responsibility for a Palestinian state within it are in question. It is under Israel's control as the result of conflict (note of Palestinians, backing the losing side is a losing proposition) and settlers have made made a mess of the parameters of a peace agreement, but the land is not occupied.

11 ) Oldguyincolorado / USA
28/08/2014 18:52
Folks, Jews have always lived there, too. Mark Twain himself refers to that in 1859. They bought some more of it from Arabs in the 19th and 20th centuries. They drained swamps, etc. and made it bloom. Problems between Jews and Arabs go back thousands of years. Read Josephus - he refers to that in his writings. Stop being myopic - the final borders are still subject to change by existing treaties - that as a result of the 1967 ceasefire agreement - that is why the area is "disputed".

12 ) Joe / USA
28/08/2014 18:57
David i loved your comment! I didn't know people like you still exist! Please continue to enlighten us with your thoughts

13 ) Jossef / USA
28/08/2014 19:12
Abbas is trying to show the Palestinians he is doing something, even something as ill advised as going to the ICC. Furthermore, he is threatening to go to the ICC while at the same time announcing A permanent unity government, with Hamas as a full partner; this means that he has made himself completely responsible for all the violations of international law committed by Hamas, not only against Israel but also against the Palestinians, including the ex-judicial executions of 28 Palestinians.

14 ) Brian / South Africa
28/08/2014 21:22
It is nonsense to say Israel is occupying Gaza. Hamas occupies Gaza !! If Gazans wanted peace Israel and Jews would be their best friends and Gaza could be prosperous and a great place to visit !! Hamas is afraid of peace because if there is peace they will loose their jobs and perks !! Hamas leaders are only in power because they tell lies, incite and terrorize their own people like all tyrants since the beginning of history.

15 ) Sunshine / Canada
30/08/2014 04:59
2) Israel has many allies, the big important guys that count (Russia, India, Saudi Arabia, & quite possibly China, and secondary ones such as Canada, Norway, Denmark, and more...) 3) Correct. 4) I don't know what countries you consider the 'entire world'... but from what I'm hearing, people are finally starting to say 'disputed'. 5) Abbas doesn't want to lose his precious $1 Million/month salary plus huge expense account. It's not in his financial interest that life works out in Gaza.

16 ) ian / australia (1)
31/08/2014 11:35
#3 "But the Mufti was a Hitler worshipper and when you put Islam and Nazis together, you get vicious Jew hatred. Even though dar al-Islam was spread by the sword blah blah blah..." Yikes, David. Where did you get that great garbled hasbara dump? Jewish youth camp? One of those big circles in the Kotel Plaza? Caroline Glick? And only in your divorced-from-reality, zio-denio Fantasyland is the occupation of Palestine "disputed". On that, the world is in TOTAL agreement. The US position is that

17 ) ian / australia (2)
31/08/2014 11:36
(contd.) "settlements are illegal under international law". The ICJ opinion since 1988 is that beyond the '67 line, Israel is occupying Palestinian land. (Also that the wall, being WHOLLY in Palestine, is illegal and should be torn down.) UN Res 242 calls for "withdrawal of Israel armed forces from territories occupied in the recent conflict" (after a preamble about the inadmissibility of territory acquired by war). And universally, the annexation of East Jerusalem is considered illegal. Even by

18 ) ian / australia (3)
31/08/2014 11:38
(contd.) BFF US, Res 478 (unanimous) declaring Israeli claims to sovereignty over EJ "null and void" and "must be rescinded". So, hello in there, David. Tell me, what colour is the sky in your world because only in Hasbaraland is there any "dispute" about Israel's criminal presence in sovereign Palestine.

19 ) Jay Bonita / US
01/09/2014 15:36
It's the Occupation, stupids!
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