Palestine on the Verge of Statehood

The United Nations is scheduled to vote on the recognition of Palestine’s statehood today.  According to Fox News and the Associated Press, the Palestinians are confident the 193-member General Assembly will vote in their favor.  The United States and Israel warn that granting Palestine statehood will endanger a tenuous peace in the Middle East.

The vote comes after four years of dead-locked negotiations.  Palestinian statehood would include the Israeli-occupied West Bank (of the Jordan River), East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip.  That doesn’t leave Israel, a thriving democracy, much room to grow and robs her of her traditional capital city, Jerusalem.

Most of the 193 General Assembly member states are sympathetic to the Palestinians, practically guaranteeing the vote will succeed. Several key countries, including France, have recently announced they would support the move to elevate the Palestinians from the status of U.N. observer to non-member observer state. However, a country’s vote in favor of the status change does not automatically constitute individual recognition of a Palestine state, something that must be done bilaterally.

Fox News reports, “The Palestinians say they need U.N. recognition of a Palestinian state in the West Bank, Gaza and east Jerusalem, the lands Israel captured in 1967, to be able to resume negotiations with Israel. The non-member observer state status could also open the way for possible war crimes charges against the Jewish state at the International Criminal Court.

“In a last-ditch move yesterday, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns made a personal appeal to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas promising that President Barack Obama would re-engage as a mediator in 2013 if Abbas abandoned the effort to seek statehood. But the Palestinian leader refused, said Abbas aide Saeb Erekat.

“Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the Palestinians Thursday that they would not win their hoped-for state until they recognize Israel as the Jewish homeland, declare an end to their conflict with the Jewish state and agree to security arrangements that protect Israel.

“’The resolution in the U.N. today won’t change anything on the ground,’” Netanyahu declared. ‘It won’t advance the establishment of a Palestinian state, but rather, put it further off.”

Abbas is in political trouble following the recent skirmish between his Hamas rivals in Gaza and Israel.  The Islamic militant group was victorious,  raising its standing in the Arab world, while Abbas’ Fatah movement was sidelined and marginalized.

Hillary Clinton warned Wednesday that the U.N. vote will not fulfill the goal of independent Palestinian and Israeli states living side by side in peace, which the U.S. strongly supports because that requires direct negotiations.

“’We need an environment conducive to that,’ she told reporters in Washington. ‘And we’ve urged both parties to refrain from actions that might in any way make a return to meaningful negotiations that focus on getting to a resolution more difficult.”

Congress has threatened financial sanctions if the Palestinians gain statehood through the United Nations.  Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch filed an amendment to a defense bill Wednesday that would eliminate funding for the United Nations if the General Assembly changes Palestine’s status.

“Increasing the Palestinians’ role in the United Nations is absolutely the wrong approach, especially in light of recent military developments in the Middle East,” he said in a statement. “Israel is one of America’s closest allies, and any movement to strengthen one of its fiercest enemies must not be tolerated.”

Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev said that by going to the U.N., the Palestinians violate “both the spirit and the word of signed agreements to solve issues through negotiations,” which broke down four years ago.

But Israeli officials appeared to back away from threats of drastic measures if the Palestinians get U.N. approval, with officials suggesting the government would take steps only if the Palestinians use their new status to act against Israel.  Regev, meanwhile, affirmed that Israel is willing to resume talks without preconditions.

Fox News notes that the Palestinians have been courting Western countries, countries that have seen a significant rise in Muslim populations, crimes and riots, as well as Sharia-creep.  Fearing these new “constituents” and the havoc they can raise, it’s not surprising that they would give their approval to a Palestinian state (raising Palestine from observer status to non-member status, a rise in rank, as it were).

One need not be a geographical genius to understand that with this new agreement, Israel will be reduced and isolated to a nearly land-locked status.  The Palestinians do not need their own state and certainly don’t want peace.  What they want is the destruction of the state of Israel, the only viable democracy in the Middle East.

Obama’s promises of supporting Israel are similar to the assurances he gave the woman from the Jersey Shore; empty and self-serving.  When a president grants $900 billion in taxpayer assistance to Israel’s enemy, insults her prime minister, and courts the Muslim Brotherhood as a “secular” organization, his vows to support Israel are hollow, indeed.

Jerusalem is Israel’s capital city.  Handing half the city over to the Palestinians strips Israel of her legitimacy; it is not for the United Nations or any other body to determine what city a country may call its capital.

Unfortunately, through intimidation and propaganda, enough United Nations members will be lured into recognizing a terrorist state.

 

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