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The Palestinian Authority is considering asking the UN to implement Resolution
181, which calls for the partition of mandatory Palestine between Jews and
Arabs, if the US foils plans to seek UN recognition of a Palestinian state in
September, a senior PA official disclosed on Saturday.
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Nabil Sha’ath said the possibility of demanding the implementation of the 1947
Partition Plan was one of a number of options the Palestinians were studying in
wake of Washington’s threat to veto a statehood resolution in
Sha’ath declared that despite the US threat, the PA was
determined to proceed with the statehood bid in September.
declaration came even as some PA officials have been talking, in private, about
abandoning the plan to ask the UN to unilaterally recognize a state along the
pre- 1967 lines.
Sha’ath’s remarks were published by the London-based
He said there was much the Palestinians could do
after Washington vetoes the statehood bid at the UN.
“We have a lot to
do, but we won’t reveal our steps now,” he added. “We won’t give the Israelis a
chance to confront us at the UN.” But he said that one of the ideas being
discussed was “going back to UN Resolution 181.”
He said the Partition
Plan called for the establishment of two states, “but Israel announced its
independence unilaterally and was recognized by the UN.” He noted that Kosovo
did the same in spite of Serbia’s opposition.
“Even if the US uses the
veto, there will be 131 UN members that recognize Palestine,” he said. “The US
then won’t be able to stop these countries from treating us as a state.”