The Palestinians have asked the United Nations to provide them with a new status-quo, in the face of a deteriorating situation in the Gaza Strip.
They are seeking a permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council and the creation of a permanent Palestinian-led government.
The UN Security Council is scheduled to meet on Sunday for a vote on the proposed status-changes, but Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that a vote against them will “have consequences” for the prospects of peace talks.
Netanyahu told a press conference on Monday that the Palestinians would need to negotiate a new settlement with Israel before any change to the existing status quo could take place.
“The only way to move forward in the future is to negotiate on a new basis, so that the existing rights will be respected, the new rights will not be ignored,” he said.
Netanyahus position has been that any changes must be accompanied by the creation and implementation of a new state in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, with the West Bank as its capital and the Gaza strip as its de facto capital.
Israel considers the Palestinian enclave a “closed military zone” in which it has a pre-1967 border with Gaza, and has built more than 60 settlements there since 1967, all under the supervision of Israeli military forces.
Israel also maintains an enclave in the West bank that it annexed in 1967 and has long controlled with military force.
Israel’s settlement policies have led to a sharp decline in the Palestinian population, with most living in East Jerusalem, and some living in the Golan Heights.
Israel has built nearly 1,100 Jewish settlements in the Palestinians’ West Bank, and around 400 in the contested Golan, which Israel captured in a 1967 war.