Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Palestinian Statehood: An Ominous Vote at the U.N. - Vote to be held Thursday expected to pass


FrontPageMag.Com - Permanent United Nations Observer of Palestine, Riyad H. Mansour, heralded the upcoming vote by the United Nations General Assembly on November 29th to upgrade the Palestinians’ status to an observer “state” as an “historic event.”  He boasted that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s maneuver, in which Abbas will personally appear at the General Assembly and present the resolution for a vote, was a form of resistance to Israeli occupation that Mansour labeled “diplomatic resistance.”

Speaking to reporters at United Nations headquarters in New York two days prior to the vote, Mansour asserted that the General Assembly will be “legislating” international recognition of the Palestinians’ claim to statehood, with “borders based on June 4, 1967″ and East Jerusalem as its capital. He said that every nation, whether voting for or against, should respect the result because “what we are doing is legal, honorable” and following the “democratic way,” the “multilateral way.”

Mansour characterized the General Assembly vote on the 65th anniversary of the original General Assembly partition Resolution 181 in 1947 as completing the UN’s “legislating” of a two-state solution. Responding to a question as to whether the Palestinians were willing to admit that it was a mistake on the part of their leaders and neighboring Arab countries to reject the partition resolution, he dismissed the premise of the question as futile “score keeping.” The Palestinians like to cherry-pick the parts they now like in the partition resolution they once rejected.  Most importantly, Resolution 181 referred several times to the “Arab and Jewish States” resulting from the partition.  To this day, Abbas refuses to acknowledge Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state as part of a two-state solution.