UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY) – A Palestinian Authority official confirmed that Ramallah plans to apply to three UN institutions for full membership.
The official said in an interview with the Israeli daily Jerusalem Post said that the move was aimed at stabilizing Palestinian representation at the international level, adding that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas had signed the application documents to be handed over over the next few days to the appropriate institutions.
The official did not reveal what institutions the Palestinian Authority would seek membership in. He said the move was made despite the previous agreement with the United States that the Palestinians would refrain from doing so.
For his part, the Secretary of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization and a member of the Central Committee of the “Fatah” Saeb Erekat, in a televised statement, that Abbas signed applications for membership in some UN agencies without explaining the number.
US President Donald Trump and his predecessor, Barack Obama, have asked Palestinians not to apply for membership in UN institutions because US law requires the country’s authorities to cut off funding for any UN institution that gives Palestine the status of member.
The State of Palestine has been a full member of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) since 2011, and the United States immediately reduced its funding to the Organization by tens of billions of dollars, forcing the organization to freeze some programs.
This came at a time when US-Palestinian relations deteriorated to an unprecedented level for decades, against the backdrop of Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and the transfer of the Washington embassy to it from Tel Aviv.