|Mahmoud Abbas wants Palestine to be admitted as an observer state based on pre-1967 boundaries|
November 14, 2012
The internal document says it is “the only option” if deterrence efforts do not succeed, despite the consequences.
It also suggests that the Palestinians should be offered immediate recognition of statehood within provisional borders as an incentive to drop their UN bid.
Mr Abbas plans to submit a request to the UN General Assembly on 29 November.
Currently, the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), the umbrella group which represents most Palestinian factions and conducts negotiations with Israel, only has “permanent observer” status at the UN.
Mr Abbas, who is chairman of the PLO and president of the Palestinian Authority, wants Palestine to be admitted as a non-member observer state based on the boundaries which existed before Israel occupied the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip during the 1967 war.