UN in the News
Oslo Accords Architect Joel Singer:
Palestinian Attempt to Upgrade
UN Status is a "Fundamental Violation of the Accord"
Following are excerpts of a June 24, 1998 Voice of Israel interview
with Joel Singer, former Legal Adviser of the Israel Foreign
Ministry and the man responsible for drawing up the Oslo Accords:
"Q: This matter of the Palestinian Authority's intention to change
its status, the status at the United Nations, is this a violation
of the accords?
Singer: I have no doubts about it and I wrote this a few years ago
that it would be a violation of the agreement and not just a minor
violation but a most fundamental violation of the accord. I have
repeatedly said that if the Palestinian side were to declare a
Palestinian state or initiate any process whose intention would be
to bring about the upgrading of the status of the autonomy at the
United Nations to the status of a state then this would be a
flagrant violation of the agreement, a violation so fundamental
that it would permit Israel to consider the adoption of very harsh
steps in response."