UN | Palestinians receive massive but symbolic support for membership

(United Nations) Angering Israel, an overwhelming majority of the UN General Assembly ruled Friday that Palestinians deserve full membership in the organization, granting them some additional rights short of ‘real membership blocked by the United States.

“I have stood at this podium hundreds of times, often in tragic circumstances, but none comparable to what my people are experiencing today,” said Palestinian Ambassador to the UN Riyad Mansour.

“I have stood at this platform hundreds of times, but never for a vote more important than today, historic,” he added, his voice tight with emotion.

This resolution “will have a significant impact on the future of the Palestinian people”, even if in itself, it “does not do justice to the State of Palestine” which remains an observer, added the Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates Mohamed Issa Abushahab, on behalf of the Arab countries.

Faced with the war in Gaza, the Palestinians, who have had “non-member observer state” status since 2012, relaunched their 2011 request at the beginning of April demanding to become a full member state of the United Nations.

To succeed, such an initiative requires, before a vote by the General Assembly by a two-thirds majority, a positive recommendation from the Security Council. But the United States vetoed it on April 18.

Even if the General Assembly cannot bypass this veto, the Palestinians have decided to turn to its 193 member states, thus proving that without the American veto, they would have the two-thirds majority necessary to validate membership.

The resolution presented by the United Arab Emirates, adopted by 143 votes in favor, 9 against and 25 abstentions, “finds that the State of Palestine meets the conditions required to become a member” of the UN, and “should therefore be admitted to the ‘Organization “.


She thus requests that the Security Council “favorably reconsider the question”.

But the United States, which opposes any recognition outside of a bilateral agreement between the Palestinians and their Israeli ally, warned Friday that if the issue returns to the Council, it expects “an outcome similar to April “.

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“We could find ourselves in a sort of disastrous diplomatic loop with the Assembly repeatedly calling on the Council to accept Palestinian membership and the United States vetoing it,” commented Richard Gowan, analyst at the International Crisis Group.

In this perspective, the text immediately grants “exceptionally and without this constituting a precedent”, a series of “additional rights and privileges” to the Palestinians from 79e session of the Assembly in September.

Unambiguously excluding the right to vote and to be a member of the Security Council, this resolution will allow them, for example, to submit proposals and amendments directly, without going through a third country, or to sit among the Member States in alphabetical order .

Although the measures are largely symbolic, Israel, whose government rejects the two-state solution, slammed the resolution.

“This makes me sick,” Israeli Ambassador Gilad Erdan said from the podium, accusing the Assembly of “giving state rights to an entity already partially controlled by terrorists.”


Israeli Ambassador to the UN, Gilad Erdan

“With this new precedent, we could see representatives of Daesh or Boko Haram sitting among us here.”

“You are tearing the Charter to shreds, shame on you!” », he said again, putting his words into words by passing the text of the UN charter through a shredder.

The United States, which voted against, had also widely expressed its reservations about the initiative.

The Americans still believe that “unilateral measures at the UN and on the ground” will not allow progress towards lasting peace and a two-state solution, insisted Nate Evans.

reference: www.lapresse.ca

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