US President Barack Obama may manipulate a vote over the Palestinian Authority (PA)’s UN resolution condemning Israeli “settlements” to boost his own legacy, White House sources said Monday.
Obama is allegedly willing to remain silent on the vote in order to further his own agenda in the Middle East, officials said, and instead, promote his own outline for a series of US-led talks.
Such talks, the sources claimed, would include a “two-state solution” and concessions from both Israel and the PA.
Israeli officials have yet to respond to the reports.
The PA resolution intends to clarify the Security Council position on “settlements,” PA Ambassador Riyad Mansour said Friday, and utilizes input from several Arab countries; Egypt is expected to take the lead if the draft resolution is presented for a vote.
Speaking to The Associated Press (AP) on Sunday, PA Foreign Minister Riad Malki said the hope is that Obama, freed of re-election concerns, will break with American protocol and refrain from vetoing the resolution.
“There are indications that President Barack Obama may try to put a basis for a new era regarding the Palestinian-Israeli issue before leaving the White House after his achievements in Iran and Cuba,” Malki told the news agency.
“Thus the U.S. administration may surprise Israel by voting in favor of a Palestinian resolution or at least not to use the veto against it,” he added.