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France To Support Palestinian U.N. bid

With latke season nearing, some may eschew freedom fries

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France24 is reporting that France will support the Palestinian bid for a status upgrade at the United Nations on Thursday. The initiative would grant Palestinians “non-member observer state” status at the United Nations.

France said on Tuesday it would vote in favour of Palestinian “non-member observer” status at the United Nations, boosting Palestinian efforts to secure greater international recognition.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told the country’s National Assembly that Paris would vote “yes” in this week’s vote on a call for “non-member observer state status” for the Palestinians. Even with non-member status, however, a Palestinian state would still not be a full member of the UN General Assembly.

As some have noted, this move, if successful, could help bolster the standing of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, whose stock has been flagging in the wake of Operation Pillar of Defense. Others don’t seem to care about that and aren’t fond of the idea at all.

With the debate on the Palestinian initiative heating up, we’ll have more coverage ahead of Thursday.

France to Support Palestinian United Nations Status Bid [France24]

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This might have been obviated were Netanyahu willing to offer just a glancing nod in the direction of diplomatic flexibility. As it is, he is sowing the seeds of long-term catastrophe for Israel and might end up proving as destructive of Israeli interests as Arafat was to Palestinian goals.

Just give it to them. The closer the Palestinians move to an actual country, the less they’ll have the “poor occupied people” sympathy and the more they’ll actually be held accountable for their own actions.

    Lynne T says:

    Don’t count on the Palestinians (or any other “non-developed” country) ever being held accountable for their actions.

      Israel is equally unaccountable, and what holds us there is largely people in the diaspora who blindly defend us. Please, I’m asking for Israel’s sake: take a Breaking the Silence tour in Hebron with IDF soldiers. Read an article by Amira Hass. Talk to some Palestinians who grew up in the territories. Wake up. We’re all in this together.

    While I wouldn’t put it this way, personally (because I am very sympathetic to their daily plight, which I have witnessed firsthand), I actually agree with you, on the whole, Michael. And it works both ways: also, Israel won’t be an occupier anymore, and our acts of self-defense–which will certainly still be necessary in this region–will be, well, defensible. The occupation hurts Israelis as much as it hurts Palestinians. It puts the IDF in a terrible position, daily. People will always fight for basic freedom and sovereignty, as well they should; basic freedom and sovereignty should not be an issue here.

sidney51 says:

With Netanyahu as Prime Minister, Avigdor Lieberman as Foreign Minister and Dan Ayalon as Deputy Foreign Minister, it should be deemed a great victory if nations don’t declare war on Israel. With three undiplomatic, untrustworthy, unlikable thugs being Israel’s top diplomats, ONLY giving the Palestinians “observer status” is an enormous gift. Israel is becoming a pariah state under Netanyahu-Lieberman. And with the “new Likud,” it will only get worse. MUCH worse. G-d save Israel. From its leaders.

PhillipNagle says:

I support a free Basque nation on both sides of the Pyrenees.

There’s a movement inside Israel to support this bid, and I’m part of it even if it’s mostly symbolic this time around. The time to support a Palestinian U.N. bid was September, 2011, and the failure to recognize Palestine then is what has made the two-state solution passé, and a one-state solutions more viable. Here’s a nice analysis from Dahlia Sheindlin of how recognizing Palestine in September, 2011 could have saved lives and an ever-escalating conflict last week: Being for one people and against the other–on either side of this conflict–is keeping us stuck. And that mentality comes more from Diaspora Jews and Palestinians than from inside, where we’re already all in this together.


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