At the United Nations we are witnessing the creation, ex nihilo, of a foreign country - Giulio Meotti
At the beginning of 2017 we await further moves against Israel in the UN, with the connivance of US President Obama during the "lame duck" final days of his term. But this page appears to still be relevant as the background for events in 2017.
Thanks to ICEJ, Joel C Rosenberg, Palestinian Media Watch and Times of Israel
The official Palestinian Authority daily published a picture of the official logo chosen by Fatah for celebrations marking the movement's 48th anniversary. The logo features various symbols, including a map of "Palestine" that includes all of Israel, the number 48, the Palestinian flag, and the slogan for the 48th anniversary: "The state and the victory."Palestinian Media Watch has documented that official PA maps do not acknowledge Israel's existence and mark all of Israel as "Palestine." The maps appear in all official frameworks including schools, government offices, official PA media, logos, at events and in official documents.
30/11/2012 - The United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a resolution that recognised the Palestinian delegation as representatives of a ' non-member observer state.'
The symbolic recognition came about as 138 UN member states voted in favour of the resolution, nine cast their votes against, while 41 countries abstained, including the UK. Europe appeared to be split on the issue as France and Italy voted for the resolution while Germany joined the UK in abstaining. Those who voted against the resolution included the United States, Canada and the Czech Republic.
Before the vote, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas made a speech to the assembly in which he insisted that the resolution was intended "to breathe new life into the negotiations" and said "We did not come here seeking to delegitimise a state established years ago, and that is Israel; rather we came to affirm the legitimacy of the state that must now achieve its independence, and that is Palestine."
However, he also praised the Palestinian terrorists who died in the war against Israel last week in Gaza, calling them "beloved martyrs."
Abbas also used incendiary language, accusing Israel of "one of the most dreadful campaigns of ethnic cleansing and dispossession in modern history."
In response, the Israeli Prime Minister's spokesman responded: "The world watched a defamatory and venomous speech that was full of mendacious propaganda against the IDF and the citizens of Israel. Someone who wants peace does not talk in such a manner."
Responding to Abbas, Israel's Ambassador to the UN Ron Prosor told the General Assembly "This resolution will not advance peace" as it violates previous agreements between Israel and the Palestinians. He reiterated Israel's eagerness to negotiate directly, saying "Israel has always extended its hand for peace and will always extend its hand for peace. When we faced an Arab leader who wanted peace, we made peace" before asking why "They [the Palestinians] have never been willing to accept what this very body recognized 65 years ago, "Israel is the Jewish state."
He also quoted a passage from Scripture that is found in both the Old Testament and the New Testament. "Peace is a central value of Israeli society. The Bible calls on us: 'Seek peace and pursue it.'" (see Psalm 34:14 and I Peter 3:11) Amb. Prosor noted the numerous times since 1947 that Jewish and Israeli leaders have offered their hand in peace to their Arab neighbors, only to be rejected and attacked time after time. He insisted that there is only one route to peace. "And that route does not run through this chamber in New York. That route runs through direct negotiations between Jerusalem and Ramallah that will lead to a secure and lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians."
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the resolution will "not change anything on the ground. It will not further the establishment of a Palestinian state, but will make it more distant."
The United States representative Susan Rice called the resolution "unfortunate and counter-productive" and said that it "placed further obstacles on the path to peace."
Last year - 2011, the Palestinian Authority failed in its bid for international recognition of a unilaterally declared Palestinian state through a vote in the United Nations Security Council, which is the proper body to take such binding decisions.
So this year the PA turned to the UN General Assembly, seeking its approval of a resolution upgrading its status to that of a non-member state, the maximum status which the UNGA can confer without Security Council approval. Given the built-in majority support already enjoyed by the Palestinians in the General Assembly, that resolution passed today by a wide margin.
The PA insists this resolution is meant to preserve the two-state solution and further the search for peace in the Middle East. Yet they deliberately submitted this decision for approval in the General Assembly on 29 November, the anniversary of the adoption of the UN Partition Plan for Mandate Palestine in 1947, an historic compromise which the Arab states immediately rejected.
Today's move by the Palestinians is once again a rejection of peace and accommodation with Israel, much the same as in 1947. It marks a continuing refusal to come to terms with the right of the Jewish people to a state in their ancient homeland.
More specifically, the Palestinians are seeking a way to statehood which does not require them to also recognize Israel as a Jewish state or to conclude an agreement with Israel which ends the conflict and all its related disputes.
This enhanced status as a non-member state will now allow the Palestinian leadership to broaden their strategic campaign of challenging Israel's legitimacy throughout the myriad of UN forums, including the International Criminal Court in The Hague.
By passing this decision today, the majority of nations in the UN General Assembly are rewarding the Palestinians for their obstinate refusal to engage in direct bilateral negotiations with Israel, and thereby setting back the search for peace.
They are also undermining respect for international law and signed agreements between the parties, such as UNSC resolution 242 and the Oslo accords. Russia was a signatory to the Oslo agreements, while the European Union has served as a broker of subsequent agreements and disputes between the parties, but their solemn obligations have been ignored and even discarded in the decision made today.
This makes it all that much harder for Israel to trust the international community when it comes to third-party guarantees concerning the safety and future of the Jewish state.
Earlier this year, Palestinian Media Watch released a bulletin explaining the Palestinian Authority strategy. Last year, the PA went to the UN requesting full statehood recognition. In the days following last year's request for statehood, official PA TV celebrated the request by playing clips that show maps of the future Palestinian state. As opposed to Abbas' declaration at the UN recognizing Israel, the maps on PA TV showed a Palestinian state replacing Israel.
Officials in Israel see the UN vote very differently.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was quick to point out that the UN vote was "meaningless" and said Israel would act accordingly.
Not much mention is made of the fact that the Palestinians broke the Oslo Accord with these moves to gain statehood bypassing peace negotiations. So how can they reasonable expect Israel to be bound by the conditions of the Oslo Accords. Surely Oslo is dead (along with Roadmaps etc) and negotiations need to start from square one!
The Palestinian Authority is changing its official name to Palestine following yesterday's overwhelming vote in the UN General Assembly to upgrade the status of the Palestinian mission to that of non-member observer state. The new name will appear in the letterhead of official forms and documents, and on all government websites, according to Israel Radio.
See the top of this page for the new Logo.
The Palestinian Communications Ministry will also reportedly petition the International Telecommunication Union and the Universal Postal Union for frequencies and country codes, in a further attempt to capitalize on what the PA views as a de facto recognition of statehood by the international community.
Palestinian sources are reporting the PA delegation in Belgium will be upgraded to a diplomatic mission, and that Leila Shahid, Ramallah's representative in Brussels, will be elevated to the status of ambassador.
"Palestine will seek to ....
Have all disputed land declared "occupied"
Have terrorists declared legitimate "freedom fighters"
The Palestinian Authority wishes to achieve a number of political gains by having the UN vote today, recognizing "Palestine" as a non-member observer state. First, all lands that are disputed and whose future must be negotiated according to the Oslo Accords, the PA wants declared Palestinian "occupied territory." Second, they claim that UN recognition would change the status of Palestinian terrorists in Israeli prisons to legitimate freedom fighters and prisoners of war.
1- Changing the status of land under Israeli administration since 1967 to "occupied territory"
PA Foreign Minister Riad Al-Maliki: [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 24, 2012]
"If Palestine receives status of a non-member state in the General Assembly, there will be positive effects on all levels in the future... Israel will no longer be able to define the occupied territories as disputed lands. They will become lands of a separate, occupied state."
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: During a speech at a meeting of the Arab League Ministerial Council,[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 13, 2012]
'We will hand in the application and request that it be voted on this November 29... We want to establish that the Palestinian territories that were [taken] in 1967 including Jerusalem [are occupied], since Israel has a different approach. It says that the territories occupied in 1967 are disputed territories. In other words, up for negotiations'"
2- Changing the status of Palestinian terrorists who have targeted civilians into legitimate fighters and prisoners of war
"Minister of Prisoners, Issa Karake [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 13, 2012]
the [PA] leadership's application to the UN to wrest [from it] international recognition of a Palestinian state, which is not a member of the UN, will raise the legal status of the prisoners and will offer international protection of their rights and their honor... He said that the prisoners will become captives of a state (i.e., Palestine), hostages and detainees in another state (i.e., Israel). The state's (Palestine's) legal status will turn them into prisoners of war who are detained illegally in the prisons inside Israel."
Already last year, PA Minister of Prisoners Karake said that UN recognition would indicate that the international community retroactively legitimizes Palestinian violence:
"[PA Minister of Prisoners' Affairs, Issa] Karake... [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 8, 2011]
the international recognition of the Palestinian State changes all the imprisoned Palestinians into prisoners of a state, prisoners of war held hostage in another state... He noted that the recognition of the state means recognition of the legitimacy of the Palestinian struggle that the Palestinian nation fought, in the search for freedom and independence. In addition, it [recognition of a state] indicates that the struggles (Arabic- Nidalat) of the prisoners are legitimized and legal according to UN Resolutions, international laws and the third and fourth Geneva Conventions."
Note: The Palestinian Authority uses the word nidal - literally 'struggle' - as a general term that includes all acts against Israel - including terror against civilians.
World Banking authorities have been watching the PA to assess the viability of a Palestinian state - but
The Palestinian self-rule government is close to being "completely incapacitated," largely because Arab countries haven't delivered hundreds of millions of dollars in promised aid, Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad said in an interview with the Associated Press Sunday.
If allowed to continue, the Palestinian Authority's unprecedented financial crisis will quickly double the number of Palestinian poor to 50 percent of a population of roughly 4 million, Fayyad told AP. - www.haaretz.com
The Palestinian Authority was established nearly two decades ago, as part of interim peace deals with Israel, and was meant to make way after five years for a Palestinian state alongside Israel. However, Israeli-Palestinian negotiations repeatedly broke down, at times amid bursts of violence, and failed to produce a final deal.
"The financing problem that we've had in the last few years is solely due to some Arab donors not fulfilling their pledge of support in accordance with Arab League resolutions," Fayyad said. European countries kept all their aid commitments and the U.S. honored most, with the exception of $200 million held up by Congress last year, he added.
The crisis worsened sharply after the UN General Assembly voted overwhelmingly in late November, at the request of Abbas, to recognize a state of Palestine in the West Bank, Gaza and east Jerusalem, the territories Israel captured in 1967. Israel objected to the UN upgrade, accusing Abbas of trying to bypass negotiations.
Starting in December, Israel halted the monthly transfers of about $100 million in tax rebates it collects on behalf of the Palestinians. That sum amounts to about one-third of the monthly operating costs of the Palestinian Authority. Fayyad said he now only takes in about $50 million a month in revenues.
In recent months, the government has paid salaries in instalments.
Fayyad said he managed to pay half the November salaries by getting another bank loan, using as collateral a promise by the Arab League to cover whatever money Israel might withhold in retaliation for the UN bid. The money from the Arab states never came, and Fayyad said he can't pay the rest of the November salaries, let alone December wages.
The Palestinian Authority already owes local banks more than $1.3 billion and can't get more loans. It also owes hundreds of millions of dollars to private suppliers, and some have stopped doing business with the government.
Fayyad said his government is on "the verge of being completely incapacitated." About 1 million Palestinians who depend on government salaries "are at a very serious threat of being pushed into a circle of poverty," he said. This would double the poverty rate, which currently stands at 25 percent in the West Bank and Gaza, he said.
The growing hardships have sparked repeated protests in the West Bank. Civil servants have held several warning strikes. On Sunday, the union decided to step up protests, calling for four days of strikes over the next two weeks.
Israeli diplomats had a message for their European counterparts on Tuesday, telling them that if their governments should "encourage a positive Palestinian dynamic" and prevent the PA from taking "further provocative actions," if they want Israel to cease responding to provocations. The statements came as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prepares to travel to Berlin, where German Chancellor Angela Merkel is expected to deliver a harsh message of criticism over Israel's recent announcement of plans to build 3,000 housing units in the settlement blocs and neighborhoods in eastern Jerusalem, as well as continuing plans to develop in the E1 corridor between Jerusalem and Ma'aleh Adumin.Read more » See also Lawfare
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was quick to point out Thursday night that the UN vote was "meaningless" and said Israel would act accordingly. And on Friday, the Israeli government authorized the construction of 3,000 housing units in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, while officials and pundits declared the Oslo Accords dead, because they barred unilateral moves by either side, .
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Prof. Efraim Inbar, BESA
The PA condemned the construction announcement, with President Mahmoud Abbas's spokesman, Nabil Abu Rudeineh, saying that it was a slap in the face of the international community that voted in favor of the status upgrade at the UN. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton referred Friday to the Israeli announcement, saying, "these activities set back the cause of a negotiated peace."
Hillary Clinton responded angrily and ignorantly, "the Jews must demonstrate that they understand the pain of an oppressed people" - Where is her Holocaust awareness?
from Giulio Meotti - www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles
At the United Nations we are witnessing the creation ex nihilo of a foreign country, which never existed, and accepting the claims of the "Palestinian Arabs", by giving them the land whose memory kept the Jews together as a people and brought them back to Jerusalem after the Holocaust.
The Western community at the United Nations, including my miserable Italy, just adopted the Nazis' strategy. Cunning in wickedness, the Germans dangled before their victims the possibility of saving themselves at the expense of other Jews. In this case, the Jews to be sacrificed are all of those living in Judea and Samaria, but ultimately it is the entire State of Israel, since a Palestinian State would only arise upon the fall of Israel.
I am ashamed that my country will vote for the first step towards officially prohibiting Jews or any other faith from living in a certain area, the first since Nazi Germany, which sought a country that was "judenrein", or cleansed of Jews.
I am ashamed that my country will vote for those who plan to take down Theodor Herzl's picture from the wall of the Knesset, remove the seven-branched candelabra which is the expression of Am Yisrael, abolish the Chief Rabbinate and turn the name of the state into Falastin.
I am ashamed that my country will vote for the PLO, an organization of murderers and Holocaust deniers now officially dedicated to the mass deportation of Israel's Jews.
I am ashamed that my country will vote for a state that tortures inmates in prisons, that throws political dissidents from the roofs of public buildings, that puts to death human beings simply because they are guilty of apostasy and that will be a combination of corruption, dictatorship, Islamic theology and "Bin-Ladenism ".
Sombre footnote from Joel C Rosenberg
I'm wishing I could rejoice with my Palestinian friends about the U.N. vote. But the Bible is clear that the Lord God will judge all nations who divide Land of Israel. "For behold, in those days and at that time, when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem, I will gather all the nations and bring them down to the valley of Jehoshaphat. Then I will enter into judgment with them there on behalf of My people and My inheritance, Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations; and they have divided up My land." (Joel chapter 3, v1 and 2)
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