Palestine Pres. Abbas will urge Int’l Boycott of Israel if US vetoes UN Resolution

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas will wage “political war” on Israel if there is a negative response to Palestinian steps at the UN to end the occupation, Fatah leader Nabil Shaath told Ma’an Saturday.

“This is the last chance for the world to accept the resolution that is currently being prepared for at the Security Council,” Shaath told Ma’an.

Abbas has said in recent days that he will submit a resolution to the UN Security Council to end the Israeli occupation of the West Bank within three years.

If the US vetoes the resolution as expected, Abbas will give the green light for “the war of international boycott of Israel” and hold it accountable at the International Criminal Court, Shaath said.

Mirrored from Ma’an News Agency

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12 Responses

  1. After so many years during which Israel (protected and enabled by the U.S.) has killed, stolen from, and oppressed the Palestinians, it seems foolish to hope for something better, but I do hope that something good comes from this effort.

  2. I’ll believe that when I see it. He has had years to implement “political war” on Israel and only when pushed by the population’s realization that Hamas defends them and Abbas co-opts them has he decided to “act”. Why wait three more years to take Israel to the ICC when this could have been done years ago?

    • “Why wait three more years to take Israel to the ICC when this could have been done years ago?”

      Exactly.

      I speculate that both Israel and the U.S. have some “hammer” such as foreign aid or other financial incentive hanging over Abbas and the PA to dissuade the PA from bringing in the ICC to investigate and prosecute.

      Abbas’ popularity has waned among Palestinians as even Hamas sees ICC jurisdiction as advancing the Palestinian cause even though the ballistic missiles they have fired on Israel are evidence of war crimes that they themselves may be prosecuted for.

      • Abbas is using the threat of going to the ICC regarding the vicious war crimes in order to, hopefully move forward with kicking the thieving Israelis out and going back to the pre-1967 borders.

  3. Wow! Perhaps the new alliance with Hamas is putting some steel into Mr. Abbas’s backbone.

  4. This is so long in coming, but in a way it’s good that it comes now after everything else has been tried and been shown to be only a playing field for Israel take more land. There is also not a soul left on the planet (outside of the U.S.) who can believe the U.S. is not subservient to Israel.

  5. “What? Westerners give up their PC’s and wireless phones?
    Never gonna happen.”

    What does this allude to ?

    Is it your opinion that ‘Westerners’ get all their PCs and ‘wireless’ phones from Israel ?

    Or is it your opinion that a boycott of Israel means a boycott of all Israeli civilians or Israeli business ?

    Finally, if Israel stops selling to ‘Westerners’ and indeed, stop getting US aid, how will their economy function ?

  6. I’m going to be optimistic and hope that this brings the entire mess to a head. When Israel is hit in the pocketbook, it will bend. Not before then

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