Some have dubbed it Palestine’s ‘Plan-B’ — after yet another failed round of bilateral negotiations with Israel, leaders are taking the issue of Palestinian statehood to the global stage.
The Palestinian Authority (PA) has branded the move an effort at “internationalizing” the conflict by building up recognition one international body at a time.
Most recently, Palestine signed on to the Rome Statute, the founding treaty of the International Criminal Court. The ICC immediately launched a preliminary probe into war crimes in Palestine.
“Gaining status at the ICC will serve as a preventive measure, for Israel to understand that it can’t continue without accountability and that it will have to take into consideration consequences of its actions,” Palestinian legislator Hanan Ashrawi told VICE News ahead of the announcement. “Because for the first time, [Israel] is going to be held accountable.”