Posted July 07, 2019 10:56:08The Palestinian Authority (PA) is to submit a draft resolution at the United Nations Security Council to annex the occupied West Bank and east Jerusalem, an official from the Palestinian Ministry of National Security told The Jerusalem Report.
The resolution, which is expected to be adopted in December 2019, would formally annex the West Wall, East Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex.
It would also establish the Palestinian authorities authority’s control over the entire West Bank, with Jerusalem as the capital of a new Palestinian state, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
The PA was expected to submit its draft resolution to the council in the first half of this year, with an official in Ramallah told The Jordan Times that the ministry is now preparing the draft to the Security Council.
The Palestinian government, which controls the West bank and East Jerusalem, would remain in charge of their areas and the Palestinians would continue to control their borders and ensure the security of Israeli settlements.
The official spoke on the condition of confidentiality to protect the official’s relationship with the Palestinian delegation.
A senior Israeli official confirmed to The Jerusalem Note that the Palestinian government is planning to submit the resolution to its Security Council and the United States.
But the official added that the Palestinians will not be allowed to annex Jerusalem, which they see as their future capital.
“The Palestinians have been negotiating with the Israelis for decades on Jerusalem, but the Palestinians did not want to annex East Jerusalem or the entire occupied West bank, which includes the Al Aqsa mosque compound.
So the Palestinians agreed to a long-term settlement of their problems with Israel and the U.S. This is the plan for the PA,” the official said.
But even if the PA is allowed to fully annex the area, the Israelis will still maintain control over it and will not allow the Palestinians to move in.
“It is the Israeli occupation that will continue to make life difficult for the Palestinians in East Jerusalem.
They have a legal obligation to protect their holy places and holy sites,” said the senior Israeli government official.
The Israeli government will not tolerate the PA annexing the entire area, he added.
Israeli officials told The Times that, while the Palestinians are considering the idea of annexing East Jerusalem in a way that makes sense, they have no intention of doing so.
The Palestinians, who want to return to the pre-1967 lines that they occupied in 1967, are willing to allow Israel to use the Haram al Sharif and Al-Haram al-Sharif, as well as other sites, but not the entire East Jerusalem area, which Israel captured in 1967.
However, the Israeli government has threatened to withhold the Palestinians’ payment for their security services in the area unless they withdraw from East Jerusalem before the end of the year.
The government has already imposed restrictions on the movement of Palestinian residents of the occupied East Jerusalem after the Palestinian parliament voted in December to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Israel’s government has been pressing for the UN Security Council resolution to annex all the West, including East Jerusalem that the Israelis captured in the 1967 Six-Day War.
The Palestinians, for their part, are demanding a two-state solution that would see Jerusalem as its capital.
In the months before the UN vote, the Palestinians have repeatedly called on Israel to agree to the Palestinian bid, including during a phone call in January between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
But the call did not result in an agreement, and the two sides have continued to disagree over the details.
During a phone conversation on January 26, Netanyahu said he and Abbas agreed to the West’s status quo.
“We agreed to that, but that does not mean that we have agreed to all the other issues,” he said.
“But there are some things that we can do,” Abbas said, referring to Jerusalem.
“One of them is Jerusalem,” Netanyahu said.
“There are other things we can go on about, but there is no problem.”
Abbas said that he was willing to meet with Netanyahu and Abbas in New York if the two agreed to move ahead with a deal.
“I am willing to make the trip to New York and meet with him and try to convince him that we should move forward with the deal,” Abbas told The New York Times.
But while Abbas was adamant that Israel must agree to a two state solution, he did not elaborate on what he meant by that.
Netanyahu and Abbas did not meet in person for a third time since the peace talks collapsed in 2014.
The Israeli prime minister also did not respond to a request for comment.
The two leaders have spoken more than once, but their discussions have been limited to the Israeli side.
The Israelis and Palestinians have discussed the future of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict but did not reach a deal in the past, and Israeli officials have repeatedly refused to recognize the legitimacy of the Palestinian leadership.
Netanyahus spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon told The Washington Post