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US rejects Palestinian UN membership

By knl9j Apr19,2024

In response to the proposal for Palestine to be fully integrated into the United Nations, which is now classified as a “non-member observer state,” Washington exercised its right to veto the request. An act that was described as “blatant aggression against international law” was condemned by the Palestinian Authority.

The full membership of Palestine in the United Nations (UN) will not be granted until sometime in the future. The United States of America, which had done all in its power to postpone the vote on this matter that was scheduled to take place in the Security Council, did not hesitate to exercise its right of veto on Thursday, April 18, in order to prevent the Palestinians from gaining membership in the international organization.

Over the course of several weeks, Palestine, which has been living under the lesser status of “non-member observer state” since 2012, along with the Arab countries, have been pleading with the United Nations Security Council to acknowledge that a “Palestinian state” should be allowed to take its “legitimate” place inside the organization. To no avail.

Almost immediately, the Palestinian Authority declared their disapproval of the position taken by Washington. The office of the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, issued a statement in which they said, “This aggressive US policy towards Palestine, its people, and their legitimate rights represents a blatant assault on international law and an encouragement to the continuation of the genocidal war against our people.” This further pushes the Middle East region further, bringing it closer to the brink of the abyss.

Despite the fact that we have been rejected, our willpower and resolve will not be broken. Our efforts will not be halted in any way. In tears, the Palestinian ambassador to the United Nations, Riyad Mansour, stated that the establishment of a state in Palestine is not only inevitable but also a reality. “Do not forget that when this session is adjourned, innocent people in Palestine will continue to pay with their lives and the lives of their children the price of Israeli actions (…), the price of delaying justice, of freedom, and of peace,” he bemoaned during a speech that caused tears to well up in the room where the Council was meeting.

During his speech, the newly appointed Chinese ambassador to the United Nations, Fu Cong, expressed his “disappointment” with the United States’ decision to veto the resolution. Adding to his statement, he stated that “the dream of the Palestinian people has been destroyed.”

We are going to return, this time more powerful and louder.

Before a state may be admitted to the United Nations, it must first receive a favorable recommendation from the Council (there must be at least nine votes out of fifteen in favor, and a permanent member cannot veto the decision), and then it must be approved by the General Assembly with a majority of votes. two-thirds of the. There were twelve votes in favor of the draft resolution that was presented by Algeria, which requested Palestinian inclusion. There was one vote against the resolution, and two votes were abstained by the United Kingdom and Switzerland.

The “overwhelming” backing of Council members “sends a very clear message: the State of Palestine deserves its place,” notwithstanding the fact that the United States of America used its right to veto. During the launch of the Algerian ambassador at the United Nations, Amar Bendjama made a commitment on behalf of the Arab group to raise this proposal once more at a later scheduled time. It is true that we will return, and this time we will be more powerful and louder.

In recent weeks, the United States has continued to reiterate that its position “has not changed” since 2011. This is because the request for membership that was presented by Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority, in 2011 was met with opposition from the United States, even before it reached the stage of the Council.

Direct negotiations between the parties are what Washington wants to see happen.

“This vote does not reflect opposition to a Palestinian state; rather, it is a recognition that it can only arise from direct negotiations between the parties,” the deputy American ambassador, Robert Wood, justified. He expressed regret for “premature actions to be taken here in New York, even with the best intentions.”

Additionally, the United States brought attention to legislation in the United States that would mandate the reduction of funds to the United Nations in the event that the Palestinians were to become members of the organization in the absence of a bilateral deal between Israel and the Palestinians. When the United States of America banned admittance into Vietnam in 1976, it was the last time that a state was able to veto its membership in the United Nations.

The Israelis, on the other hand, were extremely vocal in their condemnation of the Palestinian idea, and they were critical of the fact that the Council was considering it. And the fact that it was rejected did not please them, as evidenced by Israeli ambassador to the United Nations, Gilad Erdan, who condemned the nations that had supported it. “Talking to this Council is like talking to a wall,” he added, believing that these positive voices would encourage the Palestinians to not return to the negotiating table and “make peace almost impossible.” He said this because he believed that these friendly voices would “make peace almost impossible.”

The two-state solution, which is supported by a significant majority of the international community, including the United States, is something that the Israeli government does not support. The majority of the 193 member states of the United Nations (137, according to the total provided by the Palestinian Authority) have unilaterally recognized a Palestinian sovereignty.—Beber-T%C3%A9-para-la-hipertensi%C3%B3/10642325–6154847

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