Palestinian UN Membership Roulette - by Stephen Lendman
Palestine already is a state. Now official recognition and full UN membership are essential.
As Palestinian legal advisor in 1987, Law Professor Francis Boyle drafted its Declaration of Independence, creating a Palestinian state.
Palestinians now want and deserve official recognition and full de jure UN membership. Washington and Israel remain obstructionist.
Doing so further isolates both countries. Globally, Obama and Netanyahu are laughing stocks, more caricatures than leaders.
Their contempt for rule of law principles, democratic values, and equal justice is palpable.
On the Progressive Radio News Hour to air October 2, Boyle said 170 nations support Palestinian UN membership, according to the Financial Times.
If all 193 nations vote, only 129 are needed to admit Palestine as the UN's 194th member. According to Boyle, it's achievable by mid-October if Abbas follows proper procedures.
Nonetheless, diplomatic roulette continues. On September 23, Abbas petitioned the Security Council for membership.
It recommends new members. Only the General Assembly admits them by a simple two-thirds majority of voting member states minus those abstaining.
Moreover, the 1950 Uniting for Peace Resolution 377 empowers the GA to override SC rejection if Abbas requests its use.
Nine SC votes are needed to force Washington to veto. On September 29, Haaretz writer Jack Khoury headlined, "Palestinian FM: Eight UN Security Council members support statehood bid," saying:
"Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki told the Voice of Palestine on Thursday that eight members (pledged) to support (its) application, and that great efforts are being made to secure a decisive ninth supporter."
Colombia and Bosnia are two options. Given Bogata's ties to Washington, hopes lie mainly with Bosnia. It's unlikely undecided permanent SC members Britain and France will vote yes.
States now pledging support include Russia, China, India, Brazil, South Africa, Lebanon, Nigeria and Gabon.
On September 28, Haaretz headlined, "Palestinian statehood bid to be reviewed by UN committee," saying: