The United Nations General Assembly voted yesterday to grant Palestine non-member observer State status. The Here is an excerpt article from the United nations web site (https://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=43640&Cr=palestin&Cr1=#.ULkU1OM1cjo; obtained on 11-30-2012) titled “General Assembly grants Palestine non-member observer State status at UN” :
“29 November 2012 – The General Assembly today voted to grant Palestine non-member observer State status at the United Nations, while expressing the urgent need for the resumption of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians leading to a permanent two-State solution.
The resolution on the status of Palestine in the UN was adopted by a vote of 138 in favour to nine against with 41 abstentions by the 193-member Assembly.
‘We did not come here seeking to delegitimize a State established years ago, and that is Israel; rather we came to affirm the legitimacy of the State that must now achieve its independence, and that is Palestine,’ the President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, told the Assembly before the vote.
Mr. Abbas noted that the world was being asked today to undertake a significant step in the process of rectifying the ‘unprecedented historical injustice’ inflicted on the Palestinian people since 1948.
‘Your support for our endeavour today,’ he said, ‘will send a promising message – to millions of Palestinians on the land of Palestine, in the refugee camps both in the homeland and the Diaspora, and to the prisoners struggling for freedom in Israel’s prisons – that justice is possible and that there is a reason to be hopeful and that the peoples of the world do not accept the continuation of the occupation.’
Israel’s Ambassador to the UN, Ron Prosor, said his delegation could not accept today’s resolution. ‘Because this resolution is so one-sided, it doesn’t advance peace, it pushes it backwards,’ he stated, adding that peace could only be achieved through negotiations.
‘There’s only one route to Palestinian statehood and that route does not run through this chamber in New York. That route runs through direct negotiations between Jerusalem and Ramallah that will lead to a secure and lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians,’ he added. ‘There are no shortcuts. No quick fixes. No instant solutions.’ ”
The United States and Israel strongly opposed the resolution according to CNN information provided both yesterday and today. Additionally CNN reported in writing on the television screen : “U.S. & Israel: 2-State Solution only through negotiation.”
Last month former US President and Nobel Peace Prize winner Jimmy Carter according to an article in “the Times of Israel”(https://www.timesofisrael.com/jimmy-carter-netanyahu-has-abandoned-two-state-solution-in-favor-of-greater-israel/; obtained on 11-30-2012) published October 22, 2012, 5:16 pmaffirmed his support for the plan to have the United Nations accept Palestine as a nonmember state. The article, written by Raphael Ahren, was titled :
“Jimmy Carter: Netanyahu has abandoned two-state solution in favor of Greater Israel
Former US president, visiting Israel, backs Abbas plan to have the UN accept Palestine as nonmember state”
Here is an excerpt :
“Former US president Jimmy Carter said Monday that Israel’s current government has abandoned the two-state solution, making a ‘catastrophic’ one-state solution increasingly inevitable. Speaking to reporters in Jerusalem, Carter endorsed the Palestinians’ plan to ask the United Nations to accept Palestine as a nonmember state, and said he hoped Israel and the US, who oppose the move, would nonetheless accept the outcome of the UN’s vote.
‘We are heading towards a one-state outcome, which will fail to ensure the security and democratic rights of the people of Israel and renege on the promise of self-determination for Palestinians,’ Carter said. ‘The two-state solution is vanishing. We urgently need a fresh approach by all parties if a Palestinian state is to be achieved.’
Carter, who is visiting Israel as the head of a delegation of former statesmen, said that all Israeli prime ministers since Golda Meir supported the two-state solution — until Benjamin Netanyahu.”
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