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BARRING a last-minute change of heart, tomorrow the UN General Assembly will vote on upgrading Palestine's representation in the forum to the status of non-member "observer state".
On these pages, former foreign minister Gareth Evans (November 24) encouraged Washington, and by implication Australia, to support the measure.
Evans notes, correctly, that the resolution will certainly pass, given the automatic pro-Palestinian majority in the General Assembly, and that it contains little extreme language.
Yet no matter how you sugar-coat it, this resolution is a poison pill for the peace process. It should not be supported by any country that supports the creation of an independent Palestinian state living in peace alongside a secure Israel.
Mark Leibler AC is national chairman of the Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council.
The US and Israel have opposed the UN application, insisting only direct talks on a peace accord can produce an accord that will create a Palestinian state.
A successful vote could cost the United Nations money, as US law prohibits funding to international bodies that recognise a Palestinian state.
About $US200 million ($A191 million) in development aid to the Palestinian Authority is currently blocked in the US Congress, and State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said that could also be at risk.
"Obviously, if they take this step it's going to complicate the way the Congress looks at the Palestinians," Ms Nuland told a briefing.
Both the US and Israel have claimed that there will be consequences if they go forward with this bid
This is more proof of how much Israel controls the United States foreign policy,
Originally posted by Beavers
That would be like asking a rape victim to 'sort it out' with the rapist tho, surely?
The whole thing is wrong.
Originally posted by Corruption Exposed
reply to post by MDDoxs
My guess is that the consequences will be more illegal settlements to be built in the West Bank, perhaps they will completely annex all of West Bank?
This is just speculation on my behalf but they have threatened this before.edit on 11/27/2012 by Corruption Exposed because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by GeneralMishka
If Palestines future depends on negotiations with Israel, they have no future at all