PA medics to be in ‘state of emergency’ during UN bid

Member of Fatah Central Committee says PA expects Quartet members to come up with last-minute proposal aimed at reviving peace negotiations.

Palestinian Flag 311 (photo credit: REUTERS)
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The Palestinian Authority expects the Quartet members – the US, EU, UN and Russia – to come up with a last-minute proposal that is aimed at reviving the peace negotiations with Israel and averting the Palestinian statehood bid at the UN next week, Mohammed Shtayyeh, member of the Fatah Central Committee, said on Tuesday.
Yet such a proposal would still not deter the PA from going ahead with its statehood plan, he said.
Shtayyeh said that the Palestinians could not understand why the Americans and Europeans had decided to make a lastminute attempt to persuade the PA to abandon its statehood initiative.
Referring to the US Administration’s decision to send American envoys Dennis Ross and David Hale back to the region, the Palestinian official said: “Their goal is not to revive the peace negotiations.
Instead, they are trying to dissuade us from going to the UN.”
He said that Abbas was scheduled to address Palestinians this coming Friday to explain why the PA was going to the UN.
PLO official Yasser Abed Rabbo claimed on Tuesday that the EU’s stance toward the statehood bid was “positive.”
He said that the Europeans supported the PA’s request for membership of a Palestinian state in the UN.
Abed Rabbo said that the PA’s decision to go to the UN would “open the doors for a solution and settlement.” He too pointed out that the PA leadership was under immense pressure from the Americans and some European countries to refrain from seeking recognition of a Palestinian state next week.
But he also expressed readiness to discuss any new proposal that is presented by the Americans and Europeans to avoid a showdown at the UN.