posted on Nov, 22 2012 @ 11:19 PM
This could have major implications and should be monitored closely. To say that Israel will want to avoid the Palestinians gaining UN Observer status
would be putting it mildly! Here is a brief overview for those not familiar with the situation.
What is UN Observer status?
Observers have the right to speak at United Nations General Assembly meetings, participate in procedural votes, and to sponsor and sign
resolutions,[clarification needed] but not to vote on resolutions and other substantive matters. Various other rights (e.g. to speak in debates, to
submit proposals and amendments, the right of reply, to raise points of order and to circulate documents, etc.) are given selectively to some
observers only. So far, the EU is the only international organisation to hold these enhanced powers.
Source: Wiki article
Israel has major concerns about this happening. Obviously, they don't want the Palestinians to have a voice at the UN.....or any kind of legitimacy.
Even though (if successful in their bid) the Palestinians won't actually wield any real power at the UN, it will make life very, very difficult for
Israel. If successful, it could also potentially lead to Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem becoming official Palestinian states in the future.
Another random tidbit...
Israel also says it fears that the Palestinians will use their enhanced status to try to gain entry to the International Criminal Court, where
it could seek to prosecute Israel for its actions in those territories, like the building of Jewish settlements.
Source: NY Times article
How likely are the Palestinians to succeed in their bid?
There is little doubt that a vote will pass; the Palestinians are expected to win a majority of the member votes in the General
Source NY Times article
Remember - this is the General Assembly, so the US will not be able to veto this!
So what does Israel have to say about this?
“The adoption of the decision will in our view represent a violation of the agreements between Israel and the Palestine Liberation
Organization” and “will give Israel the right to review and consider the full or partial cancellation of the agreements,” it stated. It added
that a General Assembly decision would have “grave consequences” and that Israel could respond with “unilateral measures,” without
Source NY Times article
Israeli Finance Minister, Yuval Steinitz
“I am not in favor of crushing the Palestinian Authority, but if we have no choice in the face of a strategic threat, we should not fear
taking such measures,” said Steinitz in an interview to Israel Radio.
Source Times of Israel
So there we have it. Could this be why Israel called up so many reserves for the Gaza operation, only to agree to the cease-fire.....which everybody
thought was a surprise? I am sure there was more to that whole operation than we realize right now.....whether it had something to do with this issue
or the Iran issue, we'll have to wait and see.
edit on 22-11-2012 by Curio because: Fixin' stuff
edit on 22-11-2012 by Curio
because: Fixin' stuff