The Palestinian Authority is interested in coming to an understanding with President Obama that would avoid a U.S. veto of a UN Security Council resolution critical of Israeli settlement activity in the West Bank and in east Jerusalem that the Palestinians intend to introduce in January, Haaretz reports.
A Palestinian delegation is to arrive in Washington in the coming week.
In January, the rotating presidency of the Security Council will be held by Sweden, which is also interested in advancing a Security Council resolution on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. A senior official in President Abbas’ office told Haaretz that the PA senses that the Obama administration will not accept the existing draft resolution, portions of which will have to be amended in an effort to avoid an American veto. “If the Palestinians act wisely and rationally, they have a chance,” a senior Western diplomat said.