Just how much the Israeli tail is allowed to wag the North American dog was dramatically shown yesterday when the UN general assembly overwhelmingly voted to upgrade Palestine to the status of a non-member observer state. Other than the two continental powers, a tiny field of also-rans backed Israeli opposition to Palestinian statehood as the 193-member assembly voted 138 in favour of the plan, with only nine against and 41 abstentions. Even European nations differed from their North American counterparts.
Apart from Israel and the US, those voting against were Canada, the Czech Republic, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau and Panama.
European countries such as France, Italy, Spain, Norway, Denmark and Switzerland all voted yes. Britain and Germany both abstained, with Britain saying Abbas had failed to promise he would resume peace negotiations with Israel.
Britain had previously said that if Abbas had given that reassurance, it would have votes with the other 138 nations in favor of the proposition that Palestine is a state in its own right, not just one should Israel ever decide to grant it that status out of the kindness of its own heart. World backing for Israel’s apartheid-style hostility to Palestinians has cratered and left the US and Canada isolated.
One concern Israel has is that Palestine’s upgraded status could lead to a similar move on the International Criminal Court, where the Palestinians have tried for years to carve a role but were stopped by ICC officials who said the U.N. General Assembly must first sort out its status. The fear is that Palestine would try to bring war crime charges against Israel.
That would only be just and right.
Bonus Read: LobeLog – AIPAC Directs Congressional Punishment of Palestinians After UN Vote