Will Palestine Request Full UN Membership in January 2018?

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Egypt introduced a draft resolution to the Security Council to reject a decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The adviser to Palestinian President for Foreign Affairs, Nabil Shaath, informed on Tuesday that his country will request full UN membership in January 2018.

“We will present the request again to the UN Security Council,” Shaath told reporters. Palestine participates in the organization with non-member observer status, according to resolution 67/19 of the 2012 General Assembly.

For his part, President Mahmoud Abbas indicated that he will shortly ask for the recognition of Palestine as a full member of the UN, after the president of the United States, Donald Trump, recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

In addition, Trump announced the transfer of his embassy from the city of Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. This measure has been condemned by the majority of the international community and criticized by multilateral organizations.

The delegation from Egypt introduced on Monday a draft resolution before the UN Security Council to reject the U.S. decision and reiterate that Jerusalem’s status “must be resolved through negotiations between Israel and Palestine.

Via TeleSur

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2 Responses

  1. Why is the world hesitating about this? It is clear Trump and the USA, have no interests in doing the right thing for the Palestinians, and that American loyalties will always be for the occupier, who has made these poor occupied people live in limbo for many decades, stolen much of their lands, and America arms them with deadly weapons, that are used on them. Trump will alway be indebted to good ole’ Shelly Adelson, who has poured in millions of dollars for his motherland, which resulted in Trump handing Jerusalem over on a golden platter, to the occupier. Trump will always do his bidding, as will Nikki Hayley, another zionist acquisition.

    Why is there so much of foot dragging when it comes to the Palestinians, even by other Arab nations?. Don’t they have the spine to stand up to the US, and do the humane thing for their long suffering brothers? Giving them their Statehood is long overdue.

  2. Over the last half-century, Israel has slowly but surely been eating away at the “occupied territories”, making millions of hectares a de facto part of Israel.

    The Palestinians should declare independence and force the world’s other countries to either recognize their international status or abandon them to their eventual destruction. The time for sitting on the fence with one foot in Israel and the other in a freely-negotiated two-state solution are over.

    The right of people to self-determination is a cardinal principle in modern international law. It states that a people, based on respect for the principle of equal rights and fair equality of opportunity, have the right to freely choose their sovereignty and international political status with no interference.

    During and after World War I, the principle of self-determination was encouraged by both Vladimir Lenin and United States President Woodrow Wilson. It was later endorsed by President F. D. Roosevelt and the Atlantic Charter.

    The time has come for the Palestinian nation to take as its own the words of Patrick Henry pronounced on the eve of the American Revolution.

    “Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the
    price of chains and slavery? (…) I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death.”

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