Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas gestures during a meeting in Ramallah.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Hamas attacked Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday for his plans to bring another resolution to the UN Security Council to force Israel to withdraw to the pre-1967 lines.
The Palestinian's first such resolution failed to gain approval in a UN Security Council vote last week. Abbas announced on Sunday that the Palestinians would resume their statehood bid at the United Nations Security Council “despite pressure they are facing.”
Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri responded on Monday that "Hamas is totally opposed to any return to the UN Security Council by the Palestinian Authority."
AFP quoted Zuhri as saying that "such a step would be political foolishness which plays a dangerous game with the destiny of our nation."
Abbas said during a cultural event in Ramallah on Sunday: “We will go back to the Security Council until it recognizes our rights. We are determined to join international conventions and treaties despite the pressure.”
Abbas said the Palestinians remained committed to a “just and comprehensive peace that would end the occupation and lead to the establishment of an independent Palestinian state on the 1967 borders with Jerusalem as its capital.”
He said that there would be no security or stability in the region without Jerusalem becoming the capital of a Palestinian state.
“We did not fail at the Security Council,” Abbas said. “Rather, it’s the Security Council that failed. That’s why we decided to join 20 international conventions and treaties, including the International Criminal Court. And we will continue with our efforts.”
AFP quoted Zuhri as saying that "Mahmud Abbas and the leadership of the Palestinian Authority should completely stop this political foolishness." Khaled Abu Toameh contributed to this report.