The United States is considering recognizing Palestine as an independent country and declaring the state of Palestine a sovereign nation in a speech this month, a move that could be welcomed by the Palestinians who have long advocated such a move.
A Palestinian official who was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter and spoke on condition of anonymity said the U.K. has not formally announced the plan, but would announce it as soon as possible.
Israel has long been critical of recognition and its impact on the region.
“It would be an important step in a long line of steps,” the official said.
“I would hope the U-S.
recognizes Palestine as being a sovereign state in accordance with international law and not only based on the 1967 borders, but also recognizing that it’s part of the State of Israel.”
The official said the move could be a “major step forward in peace negotiations.”
Israel has expressed its readiness to support the U!
decision, but stressed that the recognition would only be based on legal criteria, and that the U !s move would not change the status quo.
“Israel believes that any recognition of the state would have consequences,” the Palestinian official said, referring to the U .
“We think that this is an important and needed step.”
The U !
State Department said in a statement on Monday that it was “unaware of any official U.N. General Assembly resolution on the statehood of Palestine, but we continue to call on the parties to resolve the issue through negotiations.”
U !ks Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has been working on the idea of a Palestinian state for years, but has been thwarted by Israel and its allies.
Abbas and his Fatah party are also the most powerful political force in the West Bank, but the U s recognition would likely face resistance from Israeli and Palestinian voters, who oppose recognition.
Abbas, a U. N. envoy for a Palestinian peace deal, has also said that if he loses a Palestinian vote, the Palestinian Authority would refuse to recognize Israel as a nation.
He has said he would seek to change the international law to allow Palestinians to form a state.
A spokesman for the U State Department declined to comment on the proposal and the Palestinian embassy in Washington did not respond to a request for comment.
Palestinians, however, have been supportive of the recognition of a state and the United States has also recognized a Palestinian unity government in the Gaza Strip.
The Palestinian Authority has been in power for more than 50 years.
It controls a large chunk of Gaza and the West, which Palestinians want for a future state.
In 2014, the U S. brokered a truce that ended nearly two weeks of violence that claimed the lives of more than 1,100 Palestinians and hundreds of Israelis.
The U s announcement is expected to be welcomed at the United Nations.
“The U. S. will recognize Palestine as the country it should be,” the Arab League secretary general, Nabil Elaraby, said in an interview with Al Jazeera.
“They have not been able to move the peace process forward, and we are hoping they can do so.”
The Palestinian official also said a U !ss declaration of recognition of Palestine would have a negative impact on peace efforts.
“Any recognition of independence would bring the United Kingdom into the conflict,” the source said.
In a report in April, the Jerusalem-based Institute for National Security Studies said the Palestinian leadership “is in favor of establishing a united Palestine and that such a recognition would be in line with the principles of the Fourth Geneva Convention.”
“It is important to recognize that the Arab nations have not given the Palestinians a good chance to become a state,” the report said.