RAMALLAH, Nov. 28 (Xinhua) — The Palestinians expressed satisfaction on Wednesday over the international support to their bid to the United Nations to demand a recognition of a non-member observer state, despite the strong opposition from Israel and the United States.
Promoting the position of the Palestinians in the UN from a non- member observer organization (The PLO) to a non-member observer state of Palestine, would help the Palestinians to intensify their diplomatic moves and efforts to gain an independent state on the territories occupied by Israel in 1967.
Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat had told Xinhua on Wednesday that the success in the UN “will represent a great move towards ending the military occupation of the Palestinian territories and also will hold Israel morally and legally responsible and will establish a clear peace process in the region. ”
The bid in the UN will also enable the Palestinians to be a full member in the various 18 UN organizations as well as a member in The Hague International Court of Justice. Israeli officials slammed the bid and said that Israel will also go to The Hague courts and sue Hamas for its crimes.
“As long as Israel is keeping its violations against the Palestinians, it must expect anything from the Palestinian leadership through the legal track,” said Erekat, adding “We first want to promote our diplomatic status and then we will be ready to legally defend our cause.”
Rajab Abu Sereya, a Gaza-based political analyst said that Israel “is very anxious to see what are the consequences of applying to the UN because Israel knows in advance that there is a difference between the Palestinian position in the UN now and in the past and when the Palestinians have a recognized state.”
However, the most important thing to Abu Sereya and other Palestinians “is not to keep the UN resolution of recognizing the state of Palestine as a non-member state on the shelves of the UN like other resolutions, because the aim of the resolution is seek a fair political solution to end the conflict.”
Nov. 29 (Xinhua) Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday called upon the UN General Assembly to ” issue a birth certificate of the reality of the State of Palestine. ”
Abbas made the statement at the 193-member General Assembly as he was submitting a historic Palestinian request for an upgraded status of “non-member state” at the United Nations.
“The General Assembly is called upon today to issue a birth certificate of the reality of the State of Palestine,” Abbas said. “That is why in specific we are here today.”
The Palestinian president was greeted with a long applause as he was walking to the podium of the General Assembly, which is set to vote on the Palestinian request later Thursday.
“In our endeavor today to acquire non-member state status for Palestine in the United Nations, we reaffirm that Palestine will always adhere to and respect the Charter and resolutions of the United Nations and international humanitarian law, uphold equality, guarantee civil liberties, uphold the rule of law, promote democracy and pluralism, and uphold and protect the rights of women,” he said.