(JTA) – The Palestinian Authority’s draft resolution for raising its flag at United Nations (UN) headquarters will easily pass a vote by the world body’s general assembly, diplomats said.
Israel and the United States oppose the Palestinian Authority’s bid to have its flag at the United Nations headquarters in New York, but diplomats told the Agence France-Presse news agency that the 193-member General Assembly would likely approve the Palestinian draft resolution when it convenes on Sept. 10, AFP reported Friday.
Ahead of the vote, Israel’s UN ambassador, Ron Prosor, wrote a letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Sam Kutesa, the General Assembly’s president, to block the move, which would break with the UN practice of flying only the flags of member states.
The Palestinian move was an attempt to “score easy and meaningless points” Prosor wrote, adding that this was “not the path to statehood, this is not the way for peace,” AFP reported.
The Palestinian observer mission to the United Nations on Wednesday appealed to the world body’s member states to support its call to fly its flag at UN headquarters as a “non-member observer state”, a status obtained in 2012 following a General Assembly vote, also over Israeli and U.S. objections.
The U.S. State Department on Tuesday described the Palestinian flag initiative as “counterproductive.”
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is scheduled to visit UN headquarters on Sept. 30.