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Palestinian Statehood and Other Political Issues

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Palestinian Statehood and Other Political Issues - by Stephen Lendman

A previous article addressed an independent Palestinian state within 1967 borders, accessed through the following link:

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It explained a likely September UN vote on recognition, establishing de jure General Assembly membership despite strong Washington and Israeli opposition. The implications are stunning. 

Haaretz reported that Netanyahu privately said he doesn't take the possibility "lightly, but we should also not exaggerate its" importance....Perhaps the Palestinians will have a majority in the UN, but what matters is not only the quantity but also the quality," adding "no one can impose a solution on Israel," suggesting non-compliance or hostile action will follow.

According to sources close to his government, he won't negotiate on 1967 borders, but may face the reality of a Palestinian state within them, whether or not he concurs. However, his response is another matter, as well as subsequent international actions.

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Also at issue is the power of Washington, supportive Western nations, and Israel to demand subservience from any leader or risk removal by coups, wars, or other means.

Nonetheless, independence establishes important new diplomatic and political dynamics, including the status of Israel's occupation of a sovereign state, possibly incurring international sanctions if not ended, as well as regular cross border Gaza raids and incursions into West Bank and East Jerusalem communities. Also, the confiscation of Palestinian land, persecution of its people, and status of Jews-only settlements in a sovereign country.

These issues indeed can't be taken lightly, no matter the power of Israel and its Washington paymaster/partner, complicit in all its crimes of war, against humanity, and brutal occupation that must end.

Nonetheless, on March 29, Haaretz headlined, "Israel threatens unilateral steps if UN recognizes Palestinian state," saying:

"Israel informed (all) Security Council (members), as well as several other prominent European Union countries (30 in all), that....(it) would (initiate) a series of unilateral steps" in response to UN recognition, without further explanation.

Claiming doing so violates Oslo, Israel said violence and other actions could follow. However, one unnamed European official said in light of deadlocked peace talks, Palestinian statehood appeared certain in September. Israel might then annex West Bank settlements and all East Jerusalem, as well as refuse recognition, and the UN mandate to end its illegal 44 year occupation, essential if Palestine is independent.

Supporting the worst of Israeli lawlessness, Congress, last December 15, by voice vote, passed HR 1765: "Supporting a negotiated solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and condemning unilateral measures to declare or recognize a Palestinian state, and for other purposes."

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The resolution ended by calling on the Obama administration to:

"affirm that the United States would deny recognition to any unilaterally declared Palestinian state and veto any (Security Council resolution) to establish or recognize (one) outside of an agreement by the two parties."

However, former PLO legal advisor Law Professor Francis Boyle explained earlier that Washington provisionally recognized Palestine as an independent nation. According to UN Charter Article 80(1), it can't reverse its position by vetoing a Security Council (SC) resolution calling for Palestine's UN admission. Any veto is illegal, subject to further SC action under the Charter's Chapter VI. Ultimately, the SC only recommends admissions. The General Assembly affirms them by a two-thirds majority.

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