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UN approves ‘non member observer’ status for the Palestine authority

Friday, November 30th 2012 - 02:30 UTC
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“Symbolic but a last chance to save the two-state solution” said Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas “Symbolic but a last chance to save the two-state solution” said Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas

The United Nations General Assembly on Thursday endorsed an upgraded UN status for the Palestinian Authority, despite intense opposition from the United States and Israel.

The resolution elevates their status from “non-member observer entity” to “non-member observer state,” the same category as the Vatican, which Palestinians hope will provide new leverage in their dealings with Israel.

Its leaders had been working with dozens of supporting nations to develop a formal draft, enlisting the backing of European countries such as France and Spain. The vote was 138 delegates in favor of the measure, nine against and 41 abstentions, including Germany.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said the move, which many call symbolic, represents a “last chance to save the two-state solution.”

It comes on the heels of an eight-day conflict that raged between Israel and Hamas fighters, where a series of air strikes and rocket launches drew international attention and threatened regional stability.

“We did not come here seeking to delegitimize a state established years ago, and that is Israel; rather we came to affirm the legitimacy of the state that must now achieve its independence, and that is Palestine,” he said.

But Israel's U.N. ambassador Ron Prosor said the move largely ignores the specifics of longstanding issues, such as settlements in disputed lands, and cannot substitute for direct negotiations between Jerusalem and Ramallah.

This resolution “doesn't pursue peace,” Prosor said, criticizing Abbas for being unable to represent the Gaza Strip, where a Hamas-controlled government presides. “It pushes it backwards,” he said.

The effort stalled last year when it became apparent that the bid could not get the necessary support in the Security Council. Observer state status does not require Security Council approval, unlike full membership recognition. The observer status resolution needs only a majority of the UN's 193 members to approve.

The United States and Israel have remained steadfast in their opposition, saying the move will not advance the cause of Middle East peace.

US Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice said US leaders could not support a measure that circumvents direct talks and cautioned that Thursday's decision did “not establish Palestine as a state.” Rice urged both sides to the resume direct negotiations without preconditions.

“Israel is prepared to live in peace with the Palestinian state,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday. “But for peace to endure, Israel's security must be protected, the Palestinians must recognize the Jewish state and they must be prepared to end the conflict with Israel once and for all.”

Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev called the resolution “political theater.”

But Palestinian leaders have said they had the right to go to the U.N. because Israel failed to comply with agreements signed more than two decades ago.

“It's about a contract. Our contract is that in five years, we should have concluded the treaty of peace and all core issues. This did not happen, and we're talking about 20 years later. And going to the UN is not a unilateral step,” Palestinian Authority chief negotiator Saeb Erakat said in September.

The last round of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority was in 2010.
 

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  • Ayayay

    *Despite intense opposition from SOUTHERN evangelical bumpkin U.S. states.

    Almost handicapped by their outsized intellect, they believe Israel & Jerusalem -has- to be set up their way to fulfill an entertaining, bumpkiny interpretation of the Bible.

    Congrats Palestinian ppls!

    Nov 30th, 2012 - 05:19 am 0
  • Think

    TWIMC

    And the U.K. abstained from the vote……..

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Nations_General_Assembly_resolution_67/19#Voting

    ”Self-Determination of the Peoples” Is a ”Paramount Human Right” for the British....
    Suuure….
    When it fits them…
    Brainwash anybody….?

    Nov 30th, 2012 - 05:20 am 0
  • Fido Dido

    Well Think, you can't blame those “kool-aid drinkers” from the UK, (trolls), for being brainwashed. They believe their “beloved leaders” without questioning them and believe everthing what they see and hear on their tv (news channels: Skynews, BBC, CNN International, Cartoon network and the video games they play).

    “US Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice said US leaders could not support a measure that circumvents direct talks and cautioned that Thursday's decision did “not establish Palestine as a state.” Rice urged both sides to the resume direct negotiations without preconditions.”

    She can't, plain and simple for the following reasons: She is a puppet, who doesn't realize that is an idiot. If she she does her career is over...period!

    “ ”Self-Determination of the Peoples” Is a ”Paramount Human Right” ”
    Those imbeciles from silly island that type here don't even know the meaning of those words.

    Facts of “Palestine”....oh by the way, how many british soldiers died in Palestina because of “terrorist” atacks (both Arabs and Jews)?
    Anyway, educate yourself some history and check the map before you type comments out of your ass!
    http://www.peterloud.co.uk/palestine/

    Nov 30th, 2012 - 06:15 am 0
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