Saeb Erekat, of the P.L.O.’s steering and monitoring committee, announced Sunday that the PLO and Arab League are preparing a motion for the UN Security Council that sets a deadline for ending Israel’s occupation of the West Bank.
At a press conference in Cairo, Erekat said that alongside this proposal, Palestinians will seek international protection in the Security Council as well the establishment of a commission of inquiry into the current violence.
Erekat said he arrived in Cairo straight from Amman to update the Arab League secretary general Nabil Elaraby on his talks with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday.
A senior Palestinian official told Haaretz that the Palestinian leadership is aware of the criticism of it in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, adding that reaching understandings on the Al-Aqsa mosque, as Kerry and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are seeking, would be insufficient. The official said the Palestinian leadership could not present such arrangements as a diplomatic achievement to its public in light of the violent discontent and Israeli crackdown in the West Bank and the Palestinian neighborhoods of Jerusalem.