UN general assembly recognises Palestinian state 138-9 with 41 abstaining.(AlGuardian). UN Secretary General Ban ki-Moon speaks in favor of the resolution. "I believe that Palestinians have the right to its own state. I believe that Israel has the right to peace and security," he says. Ban says the resolution should be taken as an opportunity to restart the peace process. "We must give new impetus to our collective efforts" toward a two-state solution, he says.
Non-member observer state status could open the way for possible war crimes charges against the Jewish state at the International Criminal Court. Prosor took to the offensive, saying the Palestinians had turned their backs on peace by trying to unilaterally claim statehood.He said the resolution failed to recognize the Israeli state. He said Israeli overtures of peace have been met with Palestinian terrorism. Canada's done, and will vote against the resolution.Hooray for Canada.
PA: UN vote turns terrorists into freedom fighters and disputed land into occupied land
1- Changing the status of land under Israeli administration since 1967 to "occupied territory"
PA Foreign Minister Riad Al-Maliki:
"If Palestine receives status of a non-member state in the General Assembly, there will be positive effects on all levels in the future... Israel will no longer be able to define the occupied territories as disputed lands. They will become lands of a separate, occupied state." [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 24, 2012]
2- Changing the status of Palestinian terrorists who have targeted civilians into legitimate fighters and prisoners of war
Senators threaten to cut Palestinian aid in retaliation for U.N. action.
Senators threaten to cut Palestinian aid in retaliation for U.N. action.(WT).A bipartisan group of senators said Thursday they’ll push for a vote in Congress to kick the Palestinian Liberation Organization out of its Washington offices and threaten to withhold U.S. financial assistance if the Palestinians seek to use enhanced U.N. status against Israel.
The U.N. General Assembly was expected to vote later Thursday to recognize Palestine as a “non-member observer state,” which Israel and its supporters fear would give Palestinians a chance to use the International Criminal Court against Israel.
“This is a provocative, unhealthy step that will undermine the peace process,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican.
He is sponsoring an amendment along with Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, to administer what amounts to a legislative spanking for the Palestinians.