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GAME CHANGER! UN Approves Palestinian Statehood Recognition Upgrade

| November 30, 2012


UN General Assembly Approves Palestinian Statehood Recognition Bid

“I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.” Joel 3:2

From NBC News: The U.N. General Assembly approved a resolution on Thursday giving implicit recognition to Palestinian statehood despite threats by the United States and Israel to punish the Palestinian Authority by withholding funds for the West Bank government.

Palestinian Statehood Approved UN

A Palestinian man shouts slogans during a rally in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Thursday. The U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a resolution on Thursday to upgrade the Palestinian Authority’s observer status at the United Nations from “entity” to “non-member state.” Marko Djurica / Reuters

The resolution, which lifts the Palestinian Authority’s U.N. observer status from “entity” to “non-member state,” like the Vatican possesses, easily passed the 193-nation General Assembly with 138 nations voting in favor, and nine opposed, including the United States. Forty-one countries abstained, including the United Kingdom.

Israel, the United States and the other members who opposed the resolution see it as a largely symbolic and counterproductive move by the Palestinians. The vote took place on the 65th anniversary of the assembly’s adoption of resolution 181 on the partition of Palestine into Jewish and Arab states.

Israel, the United States and the other members who opposed the resolution see it as a largely symbolic and counterproductive move by the Palestinians. The vote took place on the 65th anniversary of the assembly’s adoption of resolution 181 on the partition of Palestine into Jewish and Arab states.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has led the campaign to win support for the resolution, which follows an eight-day conflict this month between Israel and Islamists in the Gaza Strip, who are pledged to Israel’s destruction and oppose his efforts toward a negotiated peace.

The U.S. State Department made a last-ditch effort to get Abbas to reconsider, but the Palestinian Authority, which exercises limited self-rule in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, held firm. 

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, speaking at the Brookings Institution on Thursday, said the U.S. believes the resolution will “do nothing to advance the peace and the two-state solution we all want to see.”

She noted that while the U.S. plans to vote “no,” but played down differences with key diplomatic partners in Europe, including France, which were expected to vote in favor of the resolution.

“We and our European partners agree on the most fundamental issues and share a common objective — two states living side-by-side living in peace and security,” Clinton said.

Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N., said in a statement after the vote that “the only way to establish such a Palestinian state and resolve all permanent-status issues is through the crucial, if painful, work of direct negotiations between the parties.”

“The United States therefore calls upon both the parties to resume direct talks without preconditions on all the issues that divide them,” Rice said.

The U.K. had committed to voting for the resolution if Abbas had shown commitment to resuming peace negotiations without preconditions. Lacking that assurance, Britain abstained from the vote.

Following the vote at the UN General Assembly the Britain’s Foreign Secretary William Hague said: “We continue to believe that the prospects for a swift return to negotiations on a two state solution — the only way to create a Palestinian state on the ground — would be greater today if President Abbas had been able to give the assurances we suggested, and without which we were unable to vote in favor of the resolution.

“In particular, we called on President Abbas to set out a willingness to return to negotiations without preconditions, and to signal that the Palestinians would not immediately seek action in the International Criminal Court, which would be likely to make a return to negotiations impossible.

“Nonetheless, we will redouble our efforts to restart the peace process, and will continue our strong support for President Abbas, the Palestinian Authority, and a two state solution,” he said.

Despite its fierce opposition, Israel made efforts that appeared designed to prevent diplomatic isolation. In recent days, it toned down threats of retaliation in the face of wide international support for the initiative, notably among its European allies.

“The decision at the United Nations will change nothing on the ground,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in Jerusalem. “It will not advance the establishment of a Palestinian state. It will delay it further.”

But U.N. diplomats say that Israel’s reaction might not be so measured if the Palestinians seek ICC action against Israel on charges of war crimes, crimes against humanity or other crimes the court would have jurisdiction over.

Granting Palestinians the title of “non-member observer state” falls short of full U.N. membership — something the Palestinians failed to achieve last year. But it does allow them access to the International Criminal Court and other international bodies, should they choose to join them.

Speaking at an annual U.N. event in support of the Palestinians, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki appealed to U.N. member states to support Thursday’s U.N. resolution. He also repeated his support for peace with Israel.

“Despite diminishing hopes and the decline of the situation on the ground due to Israel violations, we remain committed to the two-state solution and our hand remains extended in peace,” he said at U.N. headquarters in New York.

State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland reiterated U.S. warnings that the move could cause a reduction of U.S. economic support for the Palestinians. The Israelis have also warned they might take significant deductions out of monthly transfers of duties that Israel collects on the Palestinians’ behalf.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov was quoted by the Interfax news agency as calling on Washington and Israel to avoid “any hasty and destructive decisions.”

“Supporting the Palestinian authorities is not only in the interest of the Palestinian side, but also of Israel and the whole international community that is longing for a peaceful political settlement,” he said. source – NBC News

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13 Comments on "GAME CHANGER! UN Approves Palestinian Statehood Recognition Upgrade"

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  1. friend of God says:

    New York (CNN) — The United Nations General Assembly on Thursday endorsed an upgraded U.N. status for the Palestinian Authority, despite intense opposition from the United States and Israel…..So finally president Barack Obama did something to back up Israel….now yall can breathe a little bit….but for those who were expecting the opposite…don’t worry the rapture wont be slowed down…yall just gotta find something else negative about him to talk about…given must of yall nature it won’t be hard….until next time

    • b WALKER says:

      It doesn’t take an Einstein to see that Obama is playing both ends against the middle to serve his own agenda… or should I say Allah’s. He is nothing but a puppet on God’s string. This is God’s show…not Obama’s. Obama is embed with the Muslim Brotherhood. There is a saying, “Keep your friends close & your enemies even closer”. He hates Israel and his actions show that. The Bible tells what will happen to those who have split Israel’s land. God’s judgment will be on them & anyone who stands with them.

    • marianne says:

      Obama did not fool Netanyahu with this UN vote. Remember Obama’s negative comment about Netanyahu when he thought the microphone was off! Obama had no choice to make it appear that he is against Palestine U.N.status upgrade. He is just playing the game and if you can’t see it, you are deceived like the rest of the liberals.

  2. Believer says:

    I think you got it wrong lady. This just shows how easily people are deceived. Last year Huessin wanted Israel to go back to the pre 1967 borders. Now this allows Palestine to take Israel to court for War crimes in order to recapture those boarders. Obama and his Administration only opposed it in order to avoid choas at home (which would allow people to see he’s anti Israel). He also knew the American vote was irrelevant. SO he voted yes knowing its a cover up and down deep behind the scenes he truly gets what hes been planning.

  3. Faith says:

    Intense opposition? I think not.
    0bama has only armed all of Israels’ enemies.

    It is more important than ever to be careful who’s side you choose.

  4. Ligia says:

    We live in very dangerous times .,,,

  5. Jody says:

    Ovomit instructed Rice to vote “No” because he knew the resolution would pass. Yes, he is playing both sides against the middle. He is still treating America like the stupid children he thinks we are; after all, he was re-elected! He is evil incarnate. However, his arrogance does NOT fool the Lord! He will stand before the Lord to answer for his betrayal of Israel, as will those in our country who stand with him. I do not envy them. He’ll call on his god then, to no avail. There will be a day when “every knee shall bow, every tongue confess, that Jesus Christ is Lord.” And our Lord protects Israel! Hallelujah!

  6. friend of God says:

    My point exactly!!!!!!!.. but I’m far from deceive…I know their is no hope in Obama…I just refuse to blame the total down fall of America on him…even though he is aggressively adding to the fire…but the destruction of America goes back before president Obama…or ovomit
    (as some would say)….and if this is Gods show then why are so many people angry…if mitt Romney would have gotten the thing would be going BECAUSE ITS GOD’S SHOW.

  7. Obama and Romney are controlled by the same people, as are most in the political system. Just look at the so called choice we had for the president of U.S., Obama a muslim communist, whose god is allah, with his false prophet mohammed, that hate Jews,Christians and everyone else that does not agree with them. God loves Jews, Christians and everyone else and died for everyone so they could live. And then you had Romney, who is a mormon, that is steeped in the occult, masonary and satan worship. Choice ?

  8. friend of God says:

    YOU HAVE PERFECTLY summed up

  9. david says:

    The political leaders are doing the bidding of the adversary to divide the land originally given to the Hebrews who are Israel, but this land is owned by the Sabotean false Jews. They also own the UN. The dividing of the land will guarantees a physical splitting of the land mass of the United States, which begins at the volcano in the gulf coast. The obamanation wants to be the one to bring in the false peace.

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