Sixty five years to the day after the UN voted for the partition of Mandatory Palestine – a move the Jews accepted and the Arab states rejected, with Jordan invading and seizing non Jewish Palestine — the same body overwhelmingly voted Thursday to grant the Palestinian delegation there the upgraded status of non-member observer state.
The UN voted to partition Palestine into a Jewish AND a PPalestinian State in 1947, after which Jordan seized Palestine and then Israel took it in 1967; both preventing the establishment of the promised Palestinian state.
138 countries voted in favor of the bid; 41 abstained and nine voted against it. Among the few states that voted against the move, were the US, Canada, the Czech Republic, Micronesia, and the Solomon Islands. These nations along with most of the abstaining nations did so because of fears of repercussions from the United States. In a secret vote the numbers of yes votes would have been even greater.
In a speech president Abbas said “We did not come here seeking to delegitimize 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,” he said.
“We did not come here to add further complications to the peace process, which Israel’s policies have thrown into the intensive care unit; rather we came to launch a final serious attempt to achieve peace,” he said. “Our endeavor is not aimed at terminating what remains of the negotiations process, which has lost its objective and credibility, but rather aimed at trying to breathe new life into the negotiations and at setting a solid foundation for it based on the terms of reference of the relevant international resolutions in order for the negotiations to succeed.”
The Palestinians will not accept anything less than an independent state with east Jerusalem as its capital on all territories occupied in 1967 and a solution to the refugee issue, that was promised them by the UN so long ago.
The far right extremist Netanyahu government condemned the move as being contrary to peace, because the exact opposite is true. Israeli extremists have been given notice by the majority of the world that the deliberate delays of peace, and illegal assimilation of Palestinian territory will no longer be tolerated.
Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert does not oppose the Palestinian Authority’s UN bid for non-member observer status, saying it is “congruent with the basic concept of the two-state solution”.
Mr Olmert wrote to Hebrew University professor Bernard Avishai saying he would not oppose the bid for the upgrade of the Palestinians to non-member observer status.
Prof Avishai published the letter on the Daily Beast. In it, Mr Olmert states: “Once the United Nations will lay the foundation for this idea, we in Israel will have to engage in a serious process of negotiations, in order to agree on specific borders based on the 1967 lines, and resolve the other issues.
“It is time to give a hand to, and encourage, the moderate forces amongst the Palestinians. Abu-Mazen [Abbas] and Salam Fayyad need our help. It’s time to give it.”
During his time as Prime Minister Mr Olmert agreed a peace deal with President Abbas but the effort failed.
Since 1967 when Israeli withdrawal was linked to a peace treaty, Israel has made every effort to avoid peace so that the occupation could continue and illegal settlements could reset the reality on the ground.
Nothing will change on the ground until the far right extremist government of Netanyahu, which has just moved even further to the extreme radical right, is replaced with a new peace social justice oriented government.
The choice in the Jan election was made clear with the announcement of the new center party “The Movement” by Livni. There is now a clear choice between peace, and more and more conflict, with a frustrated downtrodden Palestinian people, who now have overwhelming political support across the world.
It is apparent that the next government in Israel will either bring a genuine dialogue for peace, or more of the same which will lead to the political isolation of Israel.
A broad regional war may be the catalyst for the downfall of the Israeli extremists and the rise of a new peace social justice oriented government that will bring peace to the region.
That peace will not be a lasting peace as the far right will work to sabotage it and God shall bring down the Jewish state for trying to move agreed borders and steal land.
Moses warned through the whole of his fifth book, that possession of the land depended entirely on obedience to all of the commandments of God.
One final captivity is coming to humble the nations before Messiah comes.
Almost the whole world will be against Judah and her close allies [America and the British peoples]; and Almighty God himself shall give wicked Judah, America and the British peoples, along with Libya and Egypt, into the hands of a New Europe allied with the rest of the world.
Hosea 5:10 The princes of Judah were like them that remove the bound: therefore I will pour out my wrath upon them like water.
Dan 11:40 And at the time of the end shall the king of the south [Egypt and Judah] push at him: and the king of the north [Babylon, the New Europe] shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over.
41 He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon.
42 He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: and the land of Egypt shall not escape.
43 But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt: and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps.