by: Dalit Halevy, Tova Dvorin
More details have been released regarding Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’s speech to the Arab League on Saturday revealing that Abbas has concocted a comprehensive plan to flatten Israel politically and bypass the need for bilateral negotiations to establish a Palestinian state.
Abbas’s plan includes approaching the UN Security Council with a draft resolution to establish the state in Judea and Samaria, over 1949 Armistice lines – as he has threatened to do before.
However, the details of the plan include a specific “plan of attack” against Israel, as follows:
To turn to the UN Security Council with the draft resolution for a Palestinian state, with its capital in Jerusalem.
To add the “State of Palestine” to international bodies and organizations, including the International Criminal Court (ICC), and file charges against Israel. Abbas noted here that Israel has preceded him in this regard, a reference to litigation filed against him by rights group Shurat Hadin over war crimes he and the Palestinian Authority perpetuated during Operation Protective Edge in Gaza, by virtue of the PA’s unity pact with Hamas.
Preparation of an international meeting in Geneva to officially declare a Palestinian State on 1949 Armistice Line borders.
Calls on countries who have not yet recognized the PA-Hamas government as the country “Palestine” to do so. This aspect of the plan follows the recent declaration by three separate Western countries (Sweden, the UK, and Spain) whose parliaments have recognized “Palestine,” and ahead of a controversial vote on the issue by a fourth (France).
Abbas is indeed moving forward with plans to turn to the Security Council with a resolution setting a deadline for Israel to “end the occupation”, a unilateral move that is in violation of the Oslo Accords. The move has been accompanied by public threats, with Abbas having recently threatened to cut ties with Israel if his latest unilateral move at the UN fails.
However, this may be the first time that Abbas has revealed the full extent of his scheme to play the political system in the PA’s favor and flaunt his ability to do so regardless of the Oslo Accords and other tenets of international law.
Abbas justified this in Cairo Saturday by noting at the end of his speech that, in his opinion, Israel “is no longer a peace partner” and that he intends to internationalize the Palestinian “cause” in accordance with his political action plan.
He further said that he demanded that the United States and its Secretary of State John Kerry work together with him to not only pressure Israel to stop “settlement construction” via the UN resolution, but also to schedule the fourth release of Palestinian terrorists, withdraw the IDF from “islands” of Jewish communities in Judea-Samaria, and restart peace talks to legitimize the PA’s seizure of land Israel liberated in the Six-Day War.
He added that if the Security Council does not approve the draft resolution to be submitted soon about setting a date for the establishment of a Palestinian state, the Palestinians intend to redefine their relations with Israel, and in this context to halt security coordination and transfer the responsibility for control of Judea and Samaria to Israel as “an occupying power.”
Abbas then took the time to praise the Palestinians who “struggle against the Occupation” – including terrorists, who he praised as “the pure martyrs” and “wounded heroes.”
The Arab League applauded Abbas’s speech, and declared their support for his agenda at the end of his address.