The bid placed by Palestine to become a member of United Nations (UN) will move further as the Palestinian delegation will arrive on 19th September in New York and the bid will be submitted on September 23rd. According to Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, achieving statehood will help the country face the Israeli pressures in a better way and that support from UN as a result of the membership will make Palestine help negotiate with Israeli pressures about the territories of the disputed area.
The Palestinian president has also reportedly stated that the bid will not be retreated under any circumstances and that they will forge the bid despite the building pressures from the world. Talking to the media from Ramallah, Abbas stated that Palestine will carry on with the application for UN membership despite the pressures and despite the fact that a number of countries do not approve of this idea. He further stated that if the bid is to be retreated, it will be under the condition that a negotiation chance is offered to Palestine as a result of which Israel would discontinue taking over the settlements in the disputed area. However, the US wants Palestine to retreat stating that a peace talk with Israel will bring Palestinian independence.
The territories of Gaza Strip, East Jerusalem and West Banks were occupied by Israel in the war of 1967 and the peace talks promised by US have been but to no effect. Abbas has also explicitly stated that the US and Israel are the most reluctant in giving a chance to Palestine to be the member of UN and that the US and Europe have delayed for a long time, doing nothing to support Palestine in its cause. He has also stated that he has no intentions of jeopardizing his ‘good relations’ with US but it is up to US if they want to act otherwise.
The process of obtaining UN membership will require Palestine to submit the application to Security Council whereby it will be approved and full membership will be allowed. However, US have stated to veto against the move, in which case, Palestine may seek a status short of member at the general assembly under a two-third majority vote.
According to Abbas, Palestine is being pressured to change its mind or to withdraw and despite that the country does not want to confront anyone, keeping in view the present situation, they will have to. The country demands independence from the ongoing occupation of not 63 years but around five centuries, from Israel to dating back to the time of British and Ottoman Mandate. Among the benefits cited as a result of UN Membership is the access of Palestine to the International Court of Justice and International Criminal Court. Israel has a fear of Palestine going to ICC and that is just the authority Palestine needs to stop Israel from violating international law. Abbas states that Palestine wants to go to ICC to appeal against the oppression by Israel as there is no one to prevent them from burning mosques and cutting trees, stating an incident reported by the officials involving Israelis uprooting olive trees, setting fires and vandalizing a mosque near Nablus. He said that Palestine will not need to go to ICC if Israel cuts down such attacks.
Palestinian security forces were strictly instructed not to confront the Israeli security forces violently and to avoid any kind of chaos. Although Abbas fears that Israel will send troops to attack Palestinians although the Palestinian forces are instructed otherwise. Israeli UN ambassador has made an attempt to counter Palestinian actions by stating that an establishment of an independent Palestinian State will lead to violence instead of the much focused peace.
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