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Wed Nov 14, 2012 10:52AM
Palestinian Authority (PA) chief Mahmoud Abbas

Palestinian Authority (PA) chief Mahmoud Abbas

The Foreign Ministry of the Israeli regime has proposed the “toppling” of Palestinian Authority (PA) chief Mahmoud Abbas if he goes ahead with a UN statehood bid for Palestine in the General Assembly. The Israeli Foreign Ministry said in a policy paper issued on Wednesday that “toppling” Abbas would be the only option in case the PA chief presents the assembly with a request to upgrade Palestine’s status from “observer entity” to “observer state.” "Any other option... would mean waving a white flag and admitting the failure of the Israeli leadership to deal with the challenge,” the policy paper also read. Israel’s Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman will present the paper to the regime’s officials who are responsible for preparing Tel Aviv’s response to the PA’s bid to upgrade its status at the UN. "If the Palestinians go to the UN General Assembly with a new unilateral initiative, they must know they will be subject to severe measures by Israel and the United States," Israeli sources quoted Lieberman as saying on October 24. "If they persist with this project, I will ensure that the Palestinian Authority collapses." The Palestinians will present the statehood bid to the UN General Assembly on November 29. The bid needs a majority vote from the assembly’s 193 members to win. The observer state status will grant Palestinians access to UN agencies and the International Criminal Court where they can file complaints against the Israeli regime. On November 11, Abbas said that Israel’s opposition to Palestine’s bid “is due to its desire to continue the occupation and we are under pressure of late from multiple parties to waive our just demand, but we will not." The United States and Israel have been trying to obstruct Palestinian efforts towards achieving statehood status from the UN over the past two years. Last September, the UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) accepted the Palestinian Authority as a full member. SAB/HJL
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