Mahmoud Abbas asked the UN to accept Palestine as a member state (UPDATE)
USA, New York, Sep. 23 / Trend, A. Gasimova /
Defying U.S. and Israeli opposition, Palestinians asked the United Nations on Friday to accept them as a member state, Trend's special correspondent reported.
Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has submitted his bid to the UN for recognition of a Palestinian state.
The Palestinians have launched a campaign to join the UN as a full member state with international recognition based on their 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as a capital.
The United States and Israel say a Palestinian state should emerge from peace talks between the Palestinians and Israel, which would be impossible if the Palestinians declare a state on their own. Washington has pledged to veto such a Palestinian request at the U.N. Security Council.
All of the actions taking by Israel in Palestine are serious and unilateral, said Mahmoud Abbas during his speech in the UN General Assembly Friday.
"Israel has reestablished the administrative and millitary authority in the West Bank what is unilateral decision and decided that it's military authorities are the one that determine the right of any of the citizen on whether to resigned in any area of Palestinian land", Abbas said.
According to him, Israel is the one that decides to confiscate Palestinian land and water unilaterally.
"And yet they speak of unilateralism, despite our agreements and these agreements forbid unilateral individual actions", Abbas added.