Apr 20, 2024 - World

Palestinian president says he will "reevaluate" U.S. relations after UN veto

Palestinian Authority President Mahmud Abbas waves during a swearing in ceremony of mewly-appointed ministers, on March 31, 2024, in Ramallah, in the occupied West Bank.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas waves during a swearing in ceremony of newly-appointed ministers on Mar. 31, 2024, in Ramallah in the occupied West Bank. Photo: Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP via Getty Images

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Saturday that the Palestinian Authority will "reevaluate its relations with the U.S." after the U.S. vetoed the Palestinians' bid to become a full member state at the United Nations.

Why it matters: The practical implications of Abbas' statement are unclear, but it is the harshest criticism of U.S. policy he has expressed since President Biden assumed office.

Driving the news: The U.S. on Thursday voted no and vetoed a UN Security Council resolution to accept Palestine as a full member of the UN.

  • Ahead of the vote, the Biden administration pressed Abbas and his advisers to not move forward with their bid, but the Palestinian president rejected those requests, Axios reported.

What they're saying: Abbas told the official Palestinian news agency WAFA on Saturday that "the hostile positions" taken by the current Biden administration "have generated unprecedented anger among the Palestinian people and the region's populations, potentially pushing the region towards further instability, chaos, and terrorism."

  • He said Palestinian leadership will reconsider its bilateral relations with the U.S. to ensure the protection of Palestinian interests and rights.
  • "Palestine stands on the threshold of a new and challenging phase, with multiple options ahead…we are going to develop a new strategy to protect Palestinian national decisions independently and follow a Palestinian agenda rather than an American vision or regional agendas," Abbas said.

The other side: There was no immediate response from the White House or the State Department to Abbas' comments.

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