Gaza gov't urges Abbas to join UN agencies to sue Israel

"Abbas should join other U.N. agencies for starting the legal pursuit of Israel," the Gaza government said in a statement following a weekly meeting on Tuesday.

Gaza gov't urges Abbas to join UN agencies to sue Israel

World Bulletin / News Desk

The Gaza government on Tuesday called on Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to join all U.N. agencies for suing Israel before the International Criminal Court (ICC).

"Abbas should join other U.N. agencies for starting the legal pursuit of Israel," the government said in a statement following a weekly meeting on Tuesday.

It called on the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority to defy Israeli pressures, going on to call for halting negotiations which, according to the Gaza government, "gives cover to Israel to commit crimes and terrorism and build settlements."

U.S.-sponsored peace talks hit a snag last week over Israel's refusal to release a fourth group of Palestinian prisoners despite earlier pledges to do so.

In response, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas applied for Palestinian membership in 15 U.N. agencies and conventions.

Peace talks between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators resumed in Washington last summer after a nearly three-year hiatus.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday that his administration planned to reevaluate its role in the ongoing peace process, complaining of recent unhelpful steps by both sides.

Abbas discusses peace talks with Arab League chief, Egypt FM

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas held two separate meetings Tuesday with Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Arabi and Egypt's Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmi to discuss peace talks with Israel.

Talks between Abbas and al-Arabi focused on preparations for Wednesday's meeting of the Arab foreign ministers to discuss Palestinian-Israeli peace talks, according to Palestinian sources.

Wednesday's meeting, to be held at Abbas' request, will tackle the latest developments in the ongoing peace process in light of Israel's refusal to honor an earlier pledge to release a final batch of Palestinian prisoners, al-Arabi said last week.

The Palestinian leader also discussed with Fahmi the latest Palestinian developments and the outcome of U.S.-sponsored peace talks with Israel, according to the sources.

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