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BREAKING NEWS: UN votes to back Palestinian statehood

Chad Groening   (OneNewsNow.com) Thursday, November 29, 2012

The majority of UN countries have voted to back the creation of a Palestinian state.

The outcome of the vote was not in question since the majority of nations represented in the UN had already voiced approval of the petition.

Israel, the United States and Canada were among the few countries which stood against the move saying it would not further the cause of the so-called two state solution.

Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, called the vote "unfortunate" and "counterproductive."

The resolution upgrading the Palestinians' status to a nonmember observer state at the U. N. was approved by a more than two-thirds majority of the 193-member world body - a vote of 138-9, with 41 abstentions.

A Palestinian flag was quickly unfurled on the floor of the General Assembly, behind the Palestinian delegation.

Real independence, however, remains an elusive dream until the Palestinians negotiate a peace deal with the Israelis, who warned that the General Assembly action will only delay a lasting solution. Israel still controls the West Bank, east Jerusalem and access to Gaza, and it accused the Palestinians of bypassing negotiations with the campaign to upgrade their U.N. status.


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the speech by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to the General Assembly shortly before the vote "defamatory and venomous," saying it was "full of mendacious propaganda" against Israel.

Abbas had told the General Assembly that it was "being asked today to issue the birth certificate of Palestine." Abbas said the vote is the last chance to save the two-state solution.

After the vote, Netanyahu said the UN move violated past agreements between Israel and the Palestinians and that Israel would act accordingly, without elaborating what steps it might take.

Earlier Story.....

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will petition the U.N. General Assembly on Thursday to unilaterally recognize a Palestinian state in the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem -- areas captured by Israel in the 1967 Six-Day War. Overwhelming approval is likely, while the U.S., Israel, and a few others are opposed.

David Rubin is the former mayor of the Israeli town of Shiloh and author of The Islamic Tsunami: Israel and America in the Age of Obama. He is not surprised so many European countries are in favor of such a move.

Rubin, David"All of these countries are looking over their shoulder at their growing Islamic populations, and one way of placating them is doing it at Israel's expense," he explains. "It's very easy to vote for a U.N. resolution [because] it doesn't mean that they have to surrender their homes [or] that they have to put themselves in mortal danger -- but of course we do."

But Rubin says any resolution passed by the U.N. General Assembly violates the terms of the Oslo Accords.

"According to the Oslo Accords, any path towards statehood or any Israeli surrender of land can only go via bilateral negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority," he tells OneNewsNow.

So Rubin says if the United Nations goes ahead with this resolution, Israel has many responses at its disposal.


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