Abbas Proceeds With Palestinian UN Bid,
Despite US-Israeli Pressure to Alter Application Text
Abbas Arrives In New York, US Slams France For Supporting P.A
Wednesday November 28, 2012 08:23 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies
Palestinian factions express support to UN bid.
Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, arrived in New York accompanied
by several senior Palestinian officials, in order to officially submit
the Palestinian application for a nonmember state status at the United
Nations General Assembly.
Palestinian sources reported that Abbas
received a phone call from the deputy British Prime Minister, Nick
Clegg, informing him that he supports the Palestinian bid. Clegg phoned
Abbas as he landed in Ireland while on his way to New York.
worth mentioning that Clegg demanded the Conservative Party and its,
head David Cameron, and all coalition partners to unconditionally
support the Palestinian bid.
On its part the United States
reiterated its rejection of the Palestinian bid, and denounced the
decision of France to support the Palestinian move.
Spain said that they are still weighing the official stance, but Britain
proposed supporting the move should the Palestinians vow not to sue
Israel at the International Criminal Court.
Palestinian observer at the United Nations, Riyadh Mansur, stated that
the Palestinian Authority will be willing to resume peace talks with
Israel directly after the UN vote should Tel Aviv completely stop its
settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory.
UN meetings will last for two days, and will discuss the two-state
solution and the latest developments in occupied Palestine.
Several Israel and international political analysts said that said that
it seems that The Palestinian leadership managed to garner a victory
this time as most of the General Assembly members will likely support
the Palestinian bid far away from the U.S. Veto that Washington
Frequently used at the Security Council to topple decisions that were
considered “harmful” to Israel.
Meanwhile in Gaza, national and
Islamic Palestinian factions held a meeting in Gaza City, and decided to
conduct a unified procession expressing support to the Palestinian bid.
Waleed Al-Awad, member of the Political Bureau of the leftist
Palestinian People Party, told the Maan News Agency that the procession
will start from the Unknown Soldier Square in Gaza heading towards the
UN building in Gaza to hand the UN a memorandum expressing the support
of the Palestinian factions to the Palestinian nonmember state status
France To Support Palestine At The UN
Wednesday November 28, 2012 07:44 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies
Israeli sources reported on Tuesday evening that France confirmed
that it will support the Palestinian bid at the United Nations General
Assembly during the Thursday vote for observer state status.
France said that it supports the legitimate Palestinian demands, and
will stand by the Palestinian people and their leadership.
its part, Israel claimed that, by heading to the United Nations,
Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, is foiling all efforts to “resume
Israel even threatened to increase the construction
and expansion of its illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank,
including in occupied East Jerusalem, and said that it will foil the
transfer of any foreign aid to the P.A.
The United States
reiterated its stance supporting the Israeli position, and said that
resuming the peace process is the only means to end the conflict.
The P.A. said that the UN bid is not meant to replace peace talks
with Tel Aviv, but is a step towards achieving international recognition
of the legitimate Palestinian rights of statehood and independence.
Meanwhile, Israeli daily, Haaretz, reported that the Israeli cabinet
came to a realization that the Palestinians will not change their minds,
and that the UN move is unavoidable, adding that “Israel is about to
suffer a humiliating and painful diplomatic failure”.
realized that more and more countries are expressing support to the
Palestinian bid especially after Britain, and despite its previous
stance against the UN bid, is now expressing certain support to the move
under the condition that the Palestinians refrain from filing charges
against Israel at the International Criminal Court.
The vote will
likely pass as around two-thirds of the 193 member states are
sympathetic with the Palestinian cause, especially when taking into
considerations that the General Assembly vote, is different that
Security Council votes where the United States uses it veto power to
topple any resolution that is deemed to be meant “to harm Israel”.
Despite U.S.-Israeli Pressure; P.A. Refuses To Alter Text Of
Tuesday November 27, 2012 18:22 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies
Despite enormous pressures practiced by the United States and Israel,
and all threats impose heavy financial sanctions besides the sanctions
that are already in place, the Palestinian Authority (P.A.) in the West
Bank said that it will not void or alter the text of its UN application
that will be voted on at the General Assembly this Thursday.
Israeli daily, Haaretz, reported that, after failing to convince
President Mahmoud Abbas not to file the Palestinian bid, Tel Aviv and
Washington conducted various attempts to convince the Palestinians to
alter the text of their bid in order to ensure that, in the future, the
Palestinians will never be able to head to the International Criminal
Court to sue Israel for war crimes against the Palestinian people.
The Palestinian side even went ahead and distributed, on Tuesday
morning, the final draft of the application that will be filed to the UN
asking the International Community to recognize Palestine as a nonmember
state at the United Nations, and to grant it an “Observer State” status.
The U.S. and Israel tried to add two sections to the Palestinian
bid, hoping to be able to change it so that the Palestinians can never
sue Israel for its crimes, and can never have real sovereignty in the
West Bank, the Gaza Strip and occupied East Jerusalem under any future
But the P.A. remained determined on its stance,
and told Tel Aviv and Washington that the Palestinians, as any other
nation in this world, have the right to be represented among the
International Community, and have the right to enjoy the legal status
enjoyed by all independent nations.
An Israeli official,
directly involved in the issue, claimed that the United States did not
exert enough pressure on the P.A. an issue that enabled the Palestinians
to remain determined to go ahead with their application.
U.S. and Tel Aviv imposed harsh financial sanctions on the P.A. after it
received a full member status at the United Nations Relief and Works
Agency (UNRWA) and other UN organizations, and claimed that the
Palestinian applications are “unilateral moves that obstruct the efforts
to achieve a final status peace agreement in the Middle East”.
The P.A repeatedly said that heading to the United Nations is not meant
at isolating Israel, or to replace the peace process, and added that
Israel’s ongoing violations, including invasions, attacks,
assassinations, and the illegal construction and expansion of Jewish
settlements in the occupied territories, including in and around
occupied East Jerusalem, in addition to the demolition and takeover of
Arab homes, especially in Jerusalem, indicate the Israel is not really
interested in a just and comprehensive peace deal with the Palestinians.
Israel Is Seeking A Modified Palestinian UN Draft
Monday November 26, 2012 23:13 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies
Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, decided to shift the
Israeli policy and stance regarding the UN Thursday vote on the
Palestinian nonmember status, and is currently tying to tone down and
trim the Palestinian application to alter some of it context.
Israeli daily, Haaretz, reported that Tel Aviv is holding extensive
talks with Washington in an attempt to reach a different draft of the
application that is more toned down, and would not cause political
embarrassment to Israel.
On Sunday, Netanyahu sent his envoy,
Yitzhak Molcho, to the United States to hold talks on the issue.
The new Israeli stance is different than its openly declared
rejection to any talks on the issue, and for even allowing the
Palestinians to submit the application.
Israeli officials held
extensive talks with leaders of the U.S. and the European Union in order
to pressure Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, into changing his mind
and refrain from filing the application.
But American officials
told Netanyahu and his advisers that Abbas is determined to file the UN
bid, therefore, the U.S. now prefers to hold talks on the wording of the
application in order to reduce political harm to Tel Aviv.
Netanyahu decided to join the American stance and is trying to add
certain terminologies and sentences, including a clear Palestinian
approval to refraining from heading to the International Criminal Court
to sue Israel for its crimes.
He is also trying to change the
nature of any UN resolution regarding the Palestinian bid in order to
prevent it from granting the Palestinians any sovereignty on Jerusalem
or the entire West Bank, in addition to pushing the Palestinians into
resuming peace talks with Tel Aviv.
Haaretz said that, at the
current stage, Israel intends to continue to freeze the transfer of all
Palestinian tax money, and wants the U.S to implement the Congress
decision of last year regarding the freeze of funds to the P.A.
Israel also said that it intends to announce new bids for the
construction of hundreds of units in illegal Israeli settlements in the
West Bank, including “legalizing” some existing illegal settlement
The Palestinian leadership in the West Bank had to quit
direct peace talks with Israel due to its ongoing violations and attacks
against the Palestinian people, and due to Israel’s ongoing illegal
settlement construction and expansion activities in the occupied West
Bank, including in and around occupied East Jerusalem.
leadership repeatedly announced that heading to the UN is not aimed at
isolating Israel, as these moves are meant at boosting the
internationally-guaranteed rights of the Palestinian people based on all
related United Nations and Security Council resolutions that Israel
never accepted and implemented due to heaving political and financial
baking by the United States.