On Friday the Palestinian Authority vowed to "make life miserable" for President-elect Donald Trump over his pledge to move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
"If people attack us by moving the embassy to Jerusalem, which is a violation of Security Council resolutions, it is a violation of resolution 181 of the UN general assembly that was drafted by the U.S., it means they are showing belligerency towards us," Palestinian Ambassador to the U.N. Riyad Mansour said.
During the event, which was sponsored by the anti-Israel Jerusalem Fund Foundation, Mansour added that if Trump follows through with his promise, Palestinians will unleash "all of the weapons that we have in the UN to defend ourselves.
"[And] we have a lot of weapons in the UN."
That's certainly true, Mansour, as aside from the Israeli delegation the UN is wholly anti-Semitic.
"Many candidates gave the same election promise [moving the US embassy to Jerusalem] but didn’t implement it, because what you do when you are campaigning is one thing, but when you have to deal with the legal thing, it is something else," Mansour said.
"If they do that, nobody should blame us for unleashing all of the weapons that we have in the UN to defend ourselves – and we have a lot of weapons in the UN."
The blog United With Israel notes, however, that a U.S. veto at the UN would negate any attempt by pro-Palestinian factions to thwart Trump's efforts:
A Palestinian response to a decision to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem could not be effective in a Security Council resolution because the United States would veto it, he continued. However, he could “make their lives miserable every day by precipitating a veto on my admission as a member state. Italy in 1949 received 3 consecutive vetoes on its admission to the UN from the Soviet Union. These are the kind of things that I can do.”
Mansour said he could “reopen the whole Pandora’s Box” of verdicts in the International Criminal Court of Justice on the matter of the separation barrier or the settlements. PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has attempted to achieve Palestinian statehood through U.N. intervention, contrary to Israel’s policy that a peace agreement can be made only through direct negotiations between the parties.
Wonderful -- and we say: bring it on.