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Middle East Update: Palestinians at the UN

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Middle East Update: Palestinians at the UN

Hadassah is closely following the United Nations General Assembly vote scheduled for tomorrow, which is expected to upgrade the Palestinian's status to "non-member observer state." Hadassah maintains its steadfast support for Israel and affirms that the only step forward for the Israeli-Palestinian peace process is direct, bilateral negotiations without pre-conditions.
Below is a backgrounder from the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, of which Hadassah is a member. For additional history on the Palestinians at the UN and the Unilateral Declaration of Independence (UDI) campaign, please refer to these past alerts:

2012 United Nations General Assembly (9/28/2012)
International Criminal Court Rejects Gaza War Investigation (4/4/2012)
UDI Recap & Update (9/26/2011)
Community Response to UDI-UN Recognition of Palestinian Statehood (7/18/2011)

Hadassah will continue to monitor the situation and will share additional information as it becomes available.

Palestinians at the UN

Last fall, the Palestinian Authority (PA) requested to have the United Nations Security Council admit Palestine as a full member state, a move that has since become known as Unilateral Declaration of Independence (UDI). At the time, the PA failed to secure the necessary majority in the Security Council.

Since then however, PA President Mahmoud Abbas has decided to revive his statehood bid. This time, he seeks to have Palestine recognized as a non-member observer state. His request will be voted on by the General Assembly this Thursday, November 29, which is also the anniversary of the vote on the 1947 UN partition plan that formally called for the establishment of one Jewish and one Arab state. The request is expected to pass, given that the Palestinian Authority has an "automatic majority" in the General Assembly. However, the more countries that vote against the resolution or abstain – especially from Europe – the less credibility the bid will have.

The Palestinian Authority's unilateral action directly undermines the peace process with Israel and potentially poses a danger to stability in the region. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has repeatedly offered to resume negotiations with the Palestinians without pre-conditions, while President Abbas seeks to circumvent Israel and unilaterally seek UN recognition of a Palestinian State. The only way to solve the conflict is through bilateral negotiations rather than unilateral UN fiat.

As always, the Israel Action Network [a joint project of The Jewish Federations of North America and the Jewish Council for Public Affairs] will be providing assistance to and consulting with communities on actions and responses.

Click here for an article on the legal implications of the UN bid.

Date: 11/28/2012
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