(photo credit: REUTERS/Dado Ruvic)
Even if the Palestinian Authority refrains from taking its bid to the
United Nations Security Council, its statehood campaign will have
damaged Palestinian-US ties, officials in the US administration said
according to a Saturday report in London based Arabic daily Al Hayat.
US 'remains committed' to renewing Israeli-PA talks
to the report, the statement was made not only "from officials close to
Israel, such as White House adviser Dennis Ross, but also others such
as [Special Assistant to US President Barack Obama] Samantha Powers."
Negative repercussions may include a limiting US aide to the PA, Al-Hayat
US State Department said on Friday that Washington remains committed to
getting Israel and the Palestinians back to the negotiating table
following a televised speech by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud
Abbas, in which he vowed to demand full membership for a Palestinian
state at the United Nations.
"What we are focused on is ... getting them back to the table so that
they can address the many final status issues and reach a comprehensive
peace agreement that results in two states living side by side," State
Department spokesman Mark Toner said.
The United States has firmly opposed the PA initiative, arguing that a
Palestinian state can only be created through direct negotiations.