The Fatah Revolutionary Council said that the Palestinian decision to seek membership into the UN via the Security Council is a “Palestinian right” and that the outcome of this decision is a big test for the organisation’s commitment to ensuring regional peace and security, which is largely contingent on the establishment of a Palestinian state.
In a statement issued on Monday, the Revolutionary Council declared that after the end of the Security Council’s fourteenth session, beginning last Saturday, and its failure to bring an end to the occupation, this failure has paved the way to declaring an end to the Peace Process.
The Council pointed out that negotiations have become nothing more than an opportunity for Israel to prolong and entrench its occupation of Palestine, not to end it. By contrast, for the Palestinians the negotiations are just one of ways through which they can ensure an end to the conflict and the council pointed out that they have exhausted all their resources and taken every opportunity that as been presented to them.
The council stressed the importance of stopping Israeli settlement expansion in the West Bank and Jerusalem. It condemned the restrictions that have been placed on worshippers to the Al Aqsa Mosque in the Holy City and declared that these measures were politically driven in order to force Palestinians into resuming negotiations with the Israelis.
The statement also stressed the importance of Palestinian ascension to international organisations such as the International Criminal Court (ICC) and how these decisions are matters of Palestinian sovereignty that needed to be carried out before the end of this year. The statement confirmed the support of Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, in this decision.
The Council authorised the decision to suspend any formal relationship that was born out of Oslo while also declaring any decision to partition the Aqsa Mosque as invalid under international law and an attempt to ignite a conflict across the entire region.
The statement also pointed out that the Council plans to hold the Seventh Fatah Conference at the beginning of 2015.