Abbas says ignoring US pressure to halt plans for ICC membership

January 18, 2015 23:00

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said on Sunday that US Secretary of State John Kerry had warned him that Washington considers the Palestinian decision to join the International Criminal Court as a “nuclear option.”

Abbas said in an interview with an Egyptian online magazine that he chose to ignore US pressure and proceed with plans to join the ICC and other international conventions and treaties.

Abbas said that his decision has resulted in the freezing of tax revenues belonging to the PA and threats against him personally. “They (Israel) are now threatening my life,” Abbas said. “They have reminded me of the fate of Yasser Arafat. But I’m prepared for all options for the sake of achieving the dream of an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.”

Abbas repeated his threat to halt security coordination with Israel if another Palestinian statehood bid at the UN Security Council fails. 

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