Before the Palestinian statehood ruling by the United Nations (UN), peace with Israel must come first says Benjamin Netanyahu. The Israeli Prime Minister says the Palestinian people want membership, without a promise of peace.
The request by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is being hailed as "historic," especially if the measure is approved by the entire UN body.
Essentially, what takes place is a panel or oversight committee deliberates behind closed doors about the statehood application. It then hands over a detailed report to the Security Council and Assembly for a full vote.
Based on rules governing this procedure, nine of 15 votes are needed to pass the measure without a single veto from permanent member countries.
Here is where it gets tricky:
According to CNN, even if the vote for Palestinian Statehood is shot down by dissenting votes, the General Assembly can instead upgrade the status of the Palestinian state from nonvoting observer "entity" to permanent "observer" state.
Experts say Obama, despite threats from US officials to vote down the application, is in favor of Palestinian statehood.
Pundits say this places a dent in the long-standing alliance with Israel, as it seems to cater to the rogue nation. President Barack Obama clarified his earlier position by saying any approval of statehood must include peace negotiations with Israel.
In response to Abbas' request for Palestinian statehood, Netanyahu said, "Palestinians should first make peace with Israel and then get their state." The prime minister suggests establishing a two-state alliance. He believes this is the proper course towards living in harmony.
To PM Netanyahu's credit, what the Palestinians are doing is like putting the horse before the cart, so to speak. But if they relent and accept Israel as a Jewish state, it has no push-back on a vote for statehood.
The Security Council meets over the next few weeks to take up the measure and pass along its findings to the General Assembly. Perhaps the long-standing conflict along the Gaza Strip is winding down in favor of a peaceful resolution that includes both opposing parties at the table.
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