Biden rejects Palestinian push for full UN membership

Ramallah has attempted several times since then to secure full membership but has failed to get the Security Council to even hold a vote.

By JNS

According to an Axios report, the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden has stressed to the Palestinian Authority that Washington will likely veto any attempt to pursue a vote on full membership at the U.N. Security Council.

The P.A. announced weeks ago that it would make another push on the issue at next month’s U.N. General Assembly.

The Palestinian Authority is intent on pursuing full membership at the United Nations, even as the White House urges Ramallah to step back.

Palestinian Authority Ambassador to the United Nations Riyad Mansour says he began consultations with Security Council members in an effort to place a renewed focus on Palestinian statehood.

The Axios report claims the Biden administration raised “strong reservations” about Mansour’s plan and said the move won’t go anywhere.

The Palestinians have enjoyed non-member observer state status since 2012, garnered through a vote at the General Assembly, where no country holds veto power.

Ramallah has attempted several times since then to secure full membership but has failed to get the Security Council to even hold a vote, which requires the support of nine of the 15 members.

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Longstanding U.S. policy maintains that full Palestinian membership in U.N. agencies is counterproductive and an end-around to political settlement negotiations with Jerusalem.