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After Deal Palestine Turns To UN For Statehood

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Iran and six world powers (including the U.S.) have reached an unexpected political agreement for a final Iran nuclear deal.

Iran Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif broke the news on April 2, with a twitter message that the negotiators have "found solutions; ready to start drafting immediately."

We have "succeeded in making history," Zarif said at a follow-up press conference at Lausanne, Switzerland. He added: "If we succeed, it is one of the few cases where an issue of significance is solved through diplomatic means."

Zarif and European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini (shown above) gathered with other foreign leaders to pose for pictures after the official announcement of the nuclear deal.

Speaking from the White House rose garden, President Barack Obama announced that we have "reached a historic understanding with Iran, which, if fully implemented, will prevent it from obtaining a nuclear weapon."

On Monday, April 6, encouraged by the U.S. refusal to yield to Israel's opposition to the nuclear deal, Palestine's U.N. ambassador Riyad Mansourannounced that the Palestinians are "ready and willing" to see if the U.N. Security Council has "the political will" to adopt a resolution with a deadline for ending Israel's occupation and establishing a Palestinian state,

Ambassador Mansour said at a press conference at the U.N. headquarters in New York, that adoption of a U.N. resolution with a timetable would be "one of the most effective measures to combat extremism in our region, because extremists receive their fuel from the injustice of the Palestinian people."

"'If there is a just solution to this conflict ... in a short period of time, then you'll take away from them the main source of recruitment and mobilization,' he said, adding that it would also contribute to resolving perhaps 70 percent of the 'burning issues in the Middle East.'

"Mansour said 'the United States holds the key.'"

Palestinian leaders were encouraged by a statement from President Obama that "he will reassess U.S. policy toward Israel following Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's comment before last month's election that he would not allow the establishment of a Palestinian state on his watch."

This could mean that "Washington would no longer shield Israel in the Security Council."

This "danger" that Israel may have lost some of its protective shield at the U.N. has stirred considerable agitation within the Israel Lobby forces in the U.S. and among members of Congress.

Al Monitor reports on this moment of opportunity for the U.S. to escape the control Israel maintains over its policy in the Middle East, pointing to the announcement that France "is preparing a new UN Security Council resolution on negotiations that would seek to enforce a two-state solution in the decades long Israeli-Palestinian conflict."

For that resolution to succeed, France and its allies at the U.N. "will need the cooperation of Israel's traditional guardian, the United States."

Faced with heavy opposition to the nuclear deal with Iran from members of the U.S. Senate, the United States has been less than clear over just how far it will go in resisting Israeli control.

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