Abbas Aide: In Coming Months, Palestinian Authority Plans to Pressure International Bodies to Act Against Israel
In the coming months, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas plans to pressure international institutions to act against Israel, a top Abbas aide said on Tuesday, the Hebrew news site nrg reported.
According to Majdi al-Khalidi — Abbas’ diplomatic affairs adviser — the PA president’s address to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland on Monday was just the start of a new diplomatic push against the Jewish state.
“There can’t be a dialogue about human rights without condemning the dark Israeli occupation,” al-Khalidi was quoted as telling Palestinian media outlets.
Israel, al-Khalidi asserted, considers itself to be “above international law” and he called for the implementation of Security Council resolutions against the Jewish state.
Israel has long called for Abbas to return to the negotiating table for direct peace talks, while the 81-year-old PA leader — now in the 13th year of a four-year presidential term — has largely preferred to seek to undermine Israel’s global standing via unilateral initiatives involving international bodies. The most recent round of negotiations — mediated by then-US Secretary of State John Kerry — broke down in April 2014.
Over the weekend, Politico reported that the Trump administration was considering withdrawing the US from the UN Human Rights Council, partly due to the 47-member organization’s bias against Israel.