In a few weeks, a vote will be taken at the United Nations that will force America to choose whether or not she will continue to stand with Israel. When it comes to anything Israel, timing is always interesting to note as, in this year, vote for formal recognition of a Palestine State in September falls within days of the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 Islamic attacks.
After that vote and a week later, nations of the world will gather for the Durban III conference in order to continue demonizing the Zionists. At the first Durban conference which ended on September 8, 2001, Palestinians distributed copies of the antisemitic fabricated document called The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion.
Upcoming vote on Palestinian statehood
Ron Proser, Israel’s senior UN diplomat, believes the Palestinian vote will pass, estimating that more than 130 of the 193 members of the UN will vote in favor. It is likely that nations, with few exceptions, which oppose the plan will simply abstain out of lack of courage. “Only a few countries will vote against the Palestinian initiative,” he wrote in a classified cable.
As it stands now, five western countries have promised to vote against recognition of a Palestinian state: U.S., Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and the Czech Republic. However, the four European nations may change their opposition depending on the wording of the proposed resolution and if it includes the possibility of returning to the negotiating table after the vote.
After the UN vote
The Palestinians intend to follow up the UN vote with appeals to the World Court and other international bodies to punish Israel.
According to Francis A. Boyle, Professor of International Law Legal Advisor to the PLO and H.E. Yasser Arafat on the Palestinian Declaration of Independence:
“…..once we become a UN Member State, we can ratify the Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court and then file a formal State to State Complaint against Israeli Officials, upgrading the lower level Complaint President Abbas filed at my advice. They also do not know that once we become a UN Member State, we can ratify the Genocide Convention and sue Israel for Genocide at the World Court, pursuant to the advice I had already given President Arafat and President Abbas, and get a temporary restraining Order against the Zionists, that would then go to the Security Council for enforcement and if vetoed by the Americans, to the General Assembly for enforcement under the Uniting for Peace Resolution.”
Please pray for Israel
Though living far away in cities such as Yakima, there is something you can do; i.e., pray. Pray for Israel. If you wish to post a prayer of encouragement, click here.
Haaretz, U.S.: We will stop aid to Palestinians if UN bid proceeds, U.S. Consul General in Jerusalem, Daniel Rubinstein, “said his country sees the Palestinians’ UN bid as ‘useless,’ and that it would be better to conclude a peace agreement with Israel through direct negotiations,…” Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat “called on the U.S. to reconsider its position on the issue because ‘the right decision is to support Palestine’s membership of the UN.'” “If the U.S. vetoes the Security Council resolution, the Palestinians plan to ask the UN General Assembly to vote on the resolution, which needs a two-thirds majority to pass.”
Israel has no chance of stopping recognition of Palestinian state, “Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is expected to contact the UN secretary general on September 20 and ask for recognition of Palestine as a full member state of the UN. At the Foreign Ministry, the assessment is that in order to avoid an American veto, the Palestinians will seek a vote at the General Assembly and not at the Security Council, even though the former is less binding. The vote at the General Assembly will probably take place in October.”