Israeli officials are telling international dignitaries that the Jewish state may fully or partially cancel the Oslo Accords if the United Nations General Assembly makes “Palestine” a non-member observer state. The Palestinian Authority (PA) plans to hold a vote at the UN on Nov. 29, the anniversary of the UN vote on the Partition Plan for Palestine in 1947. If the vote takes place, about 150 of the 193 member nations are expected to vote for the resolution.
A cable was sent to international Israeli representatives by the Israeli foreign ministry Sunday stating that they should request the local authorities to “halt the Palestinian initiative because of its far-reaching consequences,” according to Haaretz. Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman met with the Israeli ambassadors to the European Union nations in Vienna, and said that they must respond harshly to the PA’s intention to hold this vote. But “under no circumstances can we harm the Palestinian civilian population,” he also said.
“The Palestinian resolution is a clear violation of the fundamental principle of negotiations and is a violation of the agreements between Israel and the PLO. The adoption of the resolution will give Israel the right to re-evaluate previous agreements with the PLO and consider canceling them partially or completely, and would make progress in the peace process more difficult in the future,” said ambassador Roni Leshno-Yaar, who is charge of all Israeli efforts to block the Palestinian initiative in the UN.