Since the collapse of US-led peace talks with Israel in April, the Palestinians have turned to the United Nations and international organizations to seek recognition for their state.
In 2012, the Palestinians won the status of UN observer state.
With peace talks now bogged down, the Palestinians have warned they would go ahead with plans to submit a draft resolution to the UN Security Council demanding an end to Israeli occupation.
But an initiative in the Security Council is sure to meet firm opposition from the United States, which has repeatedly vetoed resolutions seen as undermining Israel.
As part of their diplomatic offensive they are also determined to seek to join the International Criminal Court, where they could sue Israeli officials over allegations of war crimes.
Erekat said “the state of Palestine has the full intention… (to) become a member of the ICC.”
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