New Palestinian Strategy to Avoid US Veto or EU
Abstention, at the UN
Monday September 05, 2011 14:01 by A. Zarzar - Palestine News Network
Fatah’s leadership is re-wording the proposal for a Palestinian State
to submit to the United Nations this month. The new version is designed
so that the countries that are more reluctant to accept a Palestinian
state will more likely support Palestine's bid for recognition, or at
least abstain from voting.
Instead of posing the recognition of
Palestine within the 1967 borders, the new draft asks for a state with
permanent borders to be determined in later negotiations with Israel.
The new borders would be based on the borders of 1967, but with more
flexibility than the original draft proposed.
This approach will
make it harder for the United States, and even for Israel, to vote
against the proposal without damaging their external image. It will also
make it possible for Hamas, the second largest political faction in
Palestine, to join in on the call for independence.
For the time
being, they have refused to take part on it alleging that the
recognition of the 1967 borders before the signing of a final-status
agreement means giving up the Right of Return.
declared last August that its position will be decided in Poland’s
summit next weekend, will depend on the content of the proposal.
According to Trinidad Jimenez, Spain’s Minister of Foreign Affairs,
the proposal must include three requisites to be supported: the
recognition of the two states, safety guarantees for Israel and
willingness to revive negotiations. “In order to vote for the document,
it will have to satisfy these three conditions,” she said.
new wording of the document has been drafted in recent days by the Fateh
leadership, following the advice of a specialized team of Palestinian
researchers, advisers and members of the Palestine Strategy Group.
Ashrawi urges Belgium to support UN bid
Published yesterday 21:37 BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) --
Palestinian lawmaker Hanan Ashrawi urged Belgium to support the
Palestinian UN bid for statehood during a meeting held Monday in
“Belgium has always maintained a principled and
constructive approach towards peace and Palestinian rights, and we urge
the Prime Minister to recognize Palestinian statehood and vote in favor
of Palestine’s membership at the United Nations,” Dr Asharwi said.
Ashrawi met with Prime Minister Yves Leterme of Belgium to discuss
Palestinian initiatives at the UN in September and described the meeting
as "positive and valuable."
“The two-state solution is not an
open-ended proposition. What we are trying to do is place the pursuit of
peace on a firm foundation of international law and multilateralism, and
to stop unilateral and prejudicial Israeli measures from destroying what
chances exist for peace,” she said.
Israel’s illegal annexation
of Jerusalem, settlement activity and fragmentation of the West Bank
through hundreds of checkpoints were all obstacles to peace, Ashrawi
Prime Minister Leterme stressed the importance of
developing a unified EU position before September and reiterated his
strong support for the ongoing efforts of EU policy chief Catherine
Ashton in achieving a consensus position among EU members.
Ashrawi thanked Belgium on behalf of the Palestinian people for its
recent resolution in support of Palestinian statehood and for its
continued support of Palestinian rights.
Palestinians keeping options open on UN
Published yesterday (updated) 05/09/2011 17:16
RAMALLAH (Reuters) --
The Palestinians have yet to decide how they will press their
statehood agenda at the United Nations this month, a Palestinian
official said, indicating less certainty than had previously been
signaled on details of the plan.
Hanan Ashrawi, a leading member
of the Palestine Liberation Organization [PLO], said the U.N. initiative
was a step towards "breaking Israel's power hold over us and the
American monopoly over peacemaking."
She also warned of
"hysterical" Israeli responses to the diplomatic move, adding that
reports of the Israeli army training Jewish settlers to confront
possible Palestinian protests was a step "that could blow up in all our
With the U.S.-backed peace process at a standstill, the
Palestinians are heading to the U.N. General Assembly in New York with
the aim of securing an upgrade to their current status as just an
The Palestinians say the step is an attempt to
strengthen their position before any resumption of peace talks aimed at
securing their independence in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the
Israel, which captured that land in 1967, sees the
U.N. move as an attempt to undermine its own legitimacy. The United
States, its closest ally, is opposed to the initiative, saying only
bilateral talks can resolve the decades-old conflict.
officials have said they will apply for full U.N. membership for
Palestine -- a move diplomats say will draw a U.S. veto in the Security
Council and strain ties with Washington, a major donor to the
The Palestinian foreign ministry said last
month President Mahmoud Abbas would submit the application during the
But Ashrawi, who is traveling to New York as part of the
Palestinian delegation, said there was no decision as yet.
have several options and alternatives and we are keeping all our options
and alternatives open. We are still discussing with all our friends ...
the best, most effective means of addressing the U.N. and getting
membership," she told Reuters.
"Hopefully we will take the
decision soon but we will take it when we are in New York because we do
not want to preempt any moves by having people trying to subvert our
Abbas has dispatched Ashrawi overseas in recent efforts
to secure the broadest possible support for the U.N. initiative. She
said the Palestinians now had recognitions from around 126 states -- a
number which could grow to more than 130.
Given the certainty of
failure in the Security Council, the Palestinians' best hope of success
is to table a General Assembly resolution that would upgrade their
status to that of "a non-member state" -- equal to the standing of the
Ashrawi sees settler risk
Ashrawi said: "The
Security Council is an option, the General Assembly is an option, full
statehood is our objective. Even if we go through the General Assembly,
we will also pursue full statehood."
Critics of the initiative
say it will have little impact on the ground and bring Palestinians no
closer to an independent state by ending the Israeli occupation in the
Arguing the case for the move, Ashrawi said it would
allow the Palestinians to better hold Israel to account. Recognition as
a state is expected to give the Palestinians access to dozens of U.N.
agencies and the International Criminal Court.
"The value is we
are taking the Palestinian question back to the international community
and international law," she said. "We are also designating our land as
occupied territories and therefore Israel is an illegal belligerent
occupant and has to be held accountable."
leadership has called for protests to add popular weight to their
Though the Palestinians have said their
protests will be peaceful and some Israeli officials believe events will
unfold calmly, the Israeli military has been making preparations
including training Jewish settlers.
There are around 500,000
settlers in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, some of who are armed.
A U.N. agency which documents violence says settler-related
incidents resulting in injuries to Palestinians and their property have
increased this year.
Ashrawi said: "It is very clear that the
Israelis are planning something that could blow up in all our faces."
"The most important thing is this escalation in terms of creating a
vigilante group of all the illegal settlers in the West Bank, they
already are creating a reign of terror," she said. "This is absolute
Palestinian official: Abbas met Israel's Barak
Published yesterday (updated) 05/09/2011 18:06 RAMALLAH
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met Israeli occupation government
so-called defense minister, Ehud Barak last week, Palestinian officials
said on Monday, his first publicly declared meeting with an Israeli
government official for almost a year.
Abbas told members of
Fatah's Revolutionary Council that Barak had requested the meeting in
Jordan to discuss the possibility of resuming negotiations which broke
down a year ago because of the continuation of the illegal Israeli
Jewish settlement expansion.
"The meeting did not produce any
result," a Fatah official who heard him speak told Reuters, declining to
be named because the meeting had been closed to the media.
Israel's Defense Ministry had no immediate comment.
peace process at a standstill, Abbas is planning to seek UN endorsement
of Palestinian statehood at New York's General Assembly meeting later
Israel and the Israeli-controlled United States are
both opposed to the move. Israel sees it as an attempt to undermine its
own legitimacy. The United States says the step is unhelpful to efforts
to revive bilateral talks.
The Palestinians say UN endorsement of
statehood in the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem, while
changing nothing on the ground, will strengthen their position in future
peace talks with Israel.
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