A senior Abbas aide, Nabil Shaath, said Tuesday that the campaign would only be halted if Israel unexpectedly accepts what the Palestinians consider the minimum conditions for negotiations — an Israeli settlement freeze and recognition of the pre-1967 war armistice line as the basis for border talks. Israel has rejected both demands.
Fayyad, a political independent who is not involved in decision-making on foreign policy, nonetheless expressed doubts about the UN campaign.
Asked if anything would change on the ground after UN recognition, he said: “My answer to you is no. Unless Israel is part of that consensus, it won’t because to me, it is about ending Israeli occupation.”