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Palestine Pushes U.N. For Observer Status

Jerome Campbell |
November 28, 2012 | 8:02 p.m. PST

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will speak in front of the United Nations to push for Palestinian observer state status (Creative Commons).
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will speak in front of the United Nations to push for Palestinian observer state status (Creative Commons).
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will speak in front of the UN Thursday to seek observer state status in the General Assembly, reported Bloomberg.

Abbas will speak at 3 p.m. in New York and general body members will vote on a resolution that will give Palestine the same UN member rank as the Holy See.

After the end of the recent Gaza conflict, many Palestinians are looking to Abbas to take a more confrontational stance against Israel instead of resuming peace talks and negotiations, according to the LA Times.

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Under these measures, Palestine would challenge settlement construction in the International Criminal Court and organize sanctions against Israel.

The Unites States and Israel have strongly opposed Palestinian recognition in the United Nations for many years and the United Kingdom has said that they will abstain unless Abbas promises to not bring war crimes against Israel. However, the Christen Science Monitor reports that there appears to be more than enough votes in favor of a two-state system which is proposed in the draft resolution.

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The draft resolution includes for the following:

"Reaffirms the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination and to independence in their State of Palestine on the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967;

Decides to accord to Palestine non-member observer State status in the United Nations, without prejudice to the acquired rights, privileges and role of the Palestine Liberation Organization in the United Nations as the representative of the Palestinian people, in accordance with the relevant resolutions and practice;

Expresses the hope that the Security Council will consider favorably the application submitted on 23 September 2011 by the State of Palestine for admission to full membership in the United Nations;

(and) Affirms its determination to contribute to the achievement of the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people and the attainment of a peaceful settlement in the Middle East that ends the occupation that began in 1967 and fulfills the vision of two States: an independent, sovereign, democratic, contiguous and viable State of Palestine living side by side in peace and security with Israel on the basis of the pre-1967 borders.

Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev told the New York Times that he expects the United Nations to pass the anti-Israeli resolution and “that should come to a surprise to nobody, and certainly not to anyone in Israel.

“Ultimately, what we will see at the United Nations is diplomatic theater. It will in no way affect the realities on the ground.”

Furthermore, Israel’s response will be “proportionate” to Palestine’s actions after the vote, Regev said.




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