Last week, the Palestinian Authority presented official requests to join eight international treaties, including the UN International Convention against Apartheid in Sport and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon said that the Palestinian Authority’s latest attempt to raise its status within the international community and de-legitimize Israel is part of the Palestinian violations of the obligations under the Oslo peace accords of 1993 with Israel. Membership in organizations such as these would provide the Palestinians with new opportunities to challenge Israel’s legitimacy and discredit the Jewish state on global spaces.
In April 2014, the PA requested accession to 15 international treaties and the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon accepted the entry of the Palestinians into 10 of the treaties as non-state members. Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, after the official recognition of President Donald Trump of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, has promised to request entry into 22 international treaties, including 18 of the UN. The Palestinians have announced on several occasions that they have abandoned US-led peace negotiations, while attempting to obtain full UN membership, call for further Security Council resolutions (UNSC) and prosecute Israel to the Criminal International Tribunal (ICC).