What does Palestine’s UN bid for statehood mean?
ARTICLE IN BRIEF: Palestine’s bid for statehood via the UN faces opposition on several fronts, most significantly by the US -- which can reject the application at the UN Security Council. What is the significance of the latest phase in Palestine’s ambtion
Following incessant rounds of both conflict and dialogue in the wake of the 1948 creation of the Israeli state, the Palestinians’ patience is on the verge of running out, and they recently called a halt -- for now -to the negotiation process, or “peace process,” with Israel. They seem to have raised their hopes for the creation of an independent Palestine through membership in the United Nations. Meanwhile it appears that what Israel understands by peace process does not include a “sustainable” Palestinian state that would bring some measure of peace to the Palestinian people.
The so-called peace process, initiated in 1993 between Israel and Palestine to identify the final status of Palestine, has produced nothing beneficial for the Palestinian people for the last 18 years -- during which Israel has continued to rely on state terror, an ethnic cleansing strategy against the Palestinian people, and the destruction of the administrative and economic infrastructure of Palestine . Furthermore, during this period Israel has also built new settlements in the occupied lands, including East Jerusalem and the West Bank, and moved more than 500,000 Israelis to these settlements. It could be said that because of the unilateral breaches of the Declaration of Principles on Interim Self-Government Arrangements (also termed the Oslo Accords) signed in 1993, the said mechanisms ceased to be valid references between Israel and Palestine. Israel has used the Oslo peace process to create a broader sphere of action in foreign policy and gain greater legitimacy in the international arena. If this state of affairs continues, there will be nothing left of the historical Palestine except small, disconnected areas like Gaza. Thus one would have to be extremely naïve to actually believe Israel is pursuing real peace with the Palestinian people. So long to the peace process then…
The strategy the administration headed by Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) leader and head of state, will be pursuing from now on will seek to settle the issue in accordance with international law. It should be noted that the Abbas administration, effective in the West Bank (not in Gaza), has so far acted in line with Israel on many