Palestinian victory

Published Nov 30, 2012 09:06pm

IT may be “unfortunate” for America and “meaningless” for Israel, but an overwhelming majority of the General Assembly’s members voiced the feeling of people across the globe when they voted on Thursday to grant Palestine the status of a “non-member observer state”. The vote takes the Palestinian people a step closer to their ultimate aim of having a sovereign state of their own on their native soil. President Mahmoud Abbas called the vote “a birth certificate” for the Palestinian state and said the UN move was the “last chance to save the two-state solution”. Already, more than 130 states recognise Palestine as a sovereign entity; Thursday’s 138 yes votes and only nine nays (with 41 abstentions) show that more states have swung to the Palestinian cause and rejected the Israeli stance that seeks to perpetuate Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories. The vote also shows the diplomatic isolation of Israel and America — the two principal opponents of the move. Thursday’s vote also means Palestine will be able to join the UN’s specialised agencies, including what America is seen to dislike most — Palestine’s membership of the International Criminal Court.

While Palestinians have hailed their diplomatic victory, they and their supporters will have to reckon with Israeli intransigence, America’s unqualified support for the Jewish state, continued settlement activity in the West Bank and Israel’s arrogance stemming from its armed might. In fact, Israel’s UN ambassador clearly indicated the future course of the Likud government’s policy when he said the vote would put the peace process “backwards”, while Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attacked Mr Abbas, alleging that his UN speech did not contain “the words of a man of peace”. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, like the American and Israeli ambassadors, called for direct talks between the Palestinian Authority and Israel to achieve peace, forgetting perhaps that Israel has torpedoed every peace plan, including the ones to which it is party. Palestine’s diplomatic victory at the UN has embarrassed Israel and America, but they have no choice except to bow to reality, for the Palestinian people have a strong case based on history.


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Comments (6) (Closed)


M. Asghar
Dec 01, 2012 11:56am
To move forwards, the Palestinians have to use all the instruments at their disposal such as the International Criminal Court against the brutal occupation of their state by Israel.
Iqbal Hussain
Dec 01, 2012 07:57pm
Palestinians have sacrificed a lot, a lot, in human tragedy, destruction and loss of their houses, properties and family break-ups due to death, poverty and un-safe living conditions with no jobs to earn a survival bread and butter for their future generations. Let's hope and pray that they achieve their legitimate rights sooner, it's now 60 years that they are struggling and living a life of second class citizens of this fast progressing world. Iqbal Hussain. (USA)
imransaudi
Dec 01, 2012 08:35pm
It also showed double face of USA. While everybody know about Israel. Congratulation Palestine a step farther towards complete statehood.
V. C. Bhutani
Dec 01, 2012 02:01pm
I couldn't agree with you more. As outside observers we have to take note of the ground situation and where we go from here. The point is Palestinians are entitled to their state as much as Jews were in 1948. That Israel continues to occupy territories that do not belong to it is the other basic fact of the situation. This is also the cause of the periodical flare up of missile firing at Israel by Hamas. If Israel goes on with this attitude it is logical to expect that Hamas's firing of missiles shall resume and also that the missiles shall go on becoming morel lethal. Even Israel's Iron Dome shall not be able to stop all missiles fired at Israel. If even a small number went through they will cause unacceptable damage in Israel. It is in Israel's interest to engage in negotiations at a general Middle East Conference which should eventuate in the acceptance of Israel and Palestine by both and by others and the evacuation of Israel's occupation of territories that it has illegally occupied since 1968. Israel must return to its pre-1968 borders. Nothing less will solve the Middle Eastern Question. V. C. Bhutani, Delhi, India, 1 Dec 2012, 1930 IST
sunny
Dec 01, 2012 07:00pm
congragulations to all Muslims, it is a mile stone and inshallah it will be taken as the platform for complete soverignity of palestine.
Circumbulator
Dec 01, 2012 10:45am
1. "Palestine can join the Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court and file a Complaint with the ICC against the illegal settlements and settlers, who are committing war crimes; 2. "Palestine can join the Statute for the International Court of Justice, sue Israel at the World Court, and break the illegal siege of Gaza; 3. "Palestine can join the Law of the Sea Convention and get its fair share of the enormous gas fields lying off the coast of Gaza, thus becoming economically self-sufficient; 4. "Palestine can become a High Contracting Party to the Four Geneva Conventions [this deals with the laws of war]; 5. "Palestine can join the International Civil Aviation Organization and gain sovereign, legal control over its own airspace; 6. "Palestine can join the International Telecommunications Union and gain sovereign legal control over its own airwaves, phone lines, bandwidths."