The United Nations voted in favor of Palestinian statehood on Thursday. A resolution was drafted which upgraded the Palestinians' status to a nonmember observer state with the United Nations. This was approved by more than a two-thirds majority. the vote was 138-9 with both the U.S. and Israel among those in opposition. There were also 41 abstentions.
Prior to the vote Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said in a speech that the vote was the last opportunity to save the "two-state solution." He said that the General Assembly was "being asked today to issue the birth certificate of Palestine."
Abbas looked to play the victim, but if you notice in the very first words of his speech, he referred to what the world has been calling "victims," as "martyrs of women, children and men." This is significant. For while he is attempting to paint Palestine as victims, he refers to them as martyrs.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the speech rendered by Abbas to the General Assembly prior to the vote was "defamatory and venomous" and claimed it was "full of mendacious propaganda" against Israel.
United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice, currently caught in the midst of the Benghazi 'cover up' scandal, said, Today's unfortunate and counterproductive resolution places further obstacles in the path peace."
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the vote was both "unfortunate" and "counterproductive."
Israel's Ambassador Ron Prosor also spoke before the General Assembly prior to the vote. One thing not lacking is Prosor's ability to not beat around the bush with "diplomatic talk." He was straightforward in saying that there was only one route to everlasting Palestinian statehood and that did not go through the United Nations. Rather it would come through peaceful negotiations with Israel.
Prosor also pointed to what took place in the past with regards to former Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and his move to make peace with Israel via former Prime Minister Menachem Begin in the 1970's, in which he attempted a just solution to the Palestinian issue. He said this would be the only way that the Palestinians could achieve peace with Israel, not by appealing to the United Nations.
He also blasted the UN saying that they were "not advancing peace, they're undermining peace."
The overwhelming vote also could help Abbas restore some of his standing, which has been eroded by years of standstill in peace efforts. His rival, Hamas, deeply entrenched in Gaza, has seen its popularity rise after an Israeli offensive on targets linked to the Islamic militant group there earlier this month.
Israel has stepped back from initial threats of harsh retaliation for the Palestinians seeking U.N. recognition, but government officials warned that Israel would respond to any Palestinian attempts to use the upgraded status to confront Israel in international bodies.
The Palestinians now can gain access to U.N. agencies and international bodies, most significantly the International Criminal Court, which could become a springboard for going after Israel for alleged war crimes or its ongoing settlement building on war-won land.
However, in the run-up to the U.N. vote, Abbas signaled that he wants recognition to give him leverage in future talks with Israel, and not as a tool for confronting or delegitimizing Israel, as Israeli leaders have alleged.
I think the AP is right on this one. By going the route of the United Nations Palestine is going to undermine any peace talks with Israel. However, the ultimate goal is not a two-state solution. Israel is made up of a majority of Arabs with a large percentage that call themselves Jews but are not a Semitic people at all and then an even smaller percentage that are Semitic. Many of those who call themselves Palestinian live in Israel, some even being cared for in hospitals in Jerusalem.
The statehood push from the UN, largely dominated by people who care nothing for the good will of men or the idea of liberty and freedom, will do exactly what Prosor said and that is it will undermine peace. In the end, the real argument will not be over whether or not Palestine is recognized as a state, but how much they want Jerusalem for themselves.
Honestly, I don't know what the fuss is all about. Crusaders claimed Jerusalem for their own. So did the Muslims. Now the Jews. Sadly, even today many claim that Jerusalem belongs to a particular ethnic group, attempting to point to the promises God gave to Abraham, but that misses the point that Abraham was not considered a Jew and second that the New Testament is explicit in both Ephesians and Galatians that what was typified in the Old Testament of the Promised Land was simply a "down payment" for the whole earth. But this is what happens when the Scriptures are not properly understood. Carnal men wage war over dirt.
I cannot see any significant peace between Israel and the Palestinians unless they are both converted to Jesus Christ or one destroys the other. The depths of their division lie within their religious beliefs and neither will compromise those beliefs.Don't forget to Like Freedom Outpost on Facebook, Google Plus, & Twitter. You can also get Freedom Outpost delivered to your Amazon Kindle device here.