Though Palestinian bid is doomed to fail due to expected US veto, Israeli envoy attacks Ramallah for ‘destructive policies that have encouraged recent terror attacks’
By Raphael Ahren | The Times of Israel | Dec 27, 2018
“We are preparing to stop the initiative,” Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon declared, saying that his delegation will work together with the US administration on the matter.
The Palestinian Authority plans to apply for full membership at the United Nations, a move that is highly unlikely to succeed due to the opposition of the United States and other countries.
PA Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki on Wednesday announced in an interview his intention to ask the UN Security Council to hold a vote on the matter next month.
At least nine countries would have to vote in favor of granting Palestine full membership, and even then one of the council’s five permanent members could veto the resolution.
The vote is expected to take place on January 15 in the framework of the Security Council’s quarterly discussion on the Situation in the Middle East.
Even though the Palestinian bid has virtually no chance of succeeding, Israel vowed to fight it.