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Why does US block Palestine's bid for entering UN

By Dong Puyu (PLA Daily)

15:33, September 16, 2011

Edited and Translated by People's Daily Online

The United States would "object very strongly" if Palestine were to seek UN membership, U.S. President Barack Obama said in an interview on Sept. 12. He explained that the Palestinian effort would obstruct the Middle East peace process and that the problem of Palestinian statehood cannot be resolved by the UN, but should be based on a peace agreement between Israel and Palestine.

The Obama administration has played both the “carrot” and “stick” strategies to block Palestine’s UN bid.

As for the “carrot” strategy, the United States proposed a new round of Palestinian-Israeli peace talks. According to The New York Times, the Obama administration proposed a new plan for Israel and Palestine to resume peace talks in order to persuade Palestinian National Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to give up his efforts to apply for full membership in the US.

The U.S. government also warned Palestine that it was wrong to seek UN recognition rather than resume peace talks with Israel. Obama called on Israel and Palestine to make painful compromises and restart peace talks, which is the only way for the two sides to reach a settlement.

As for the “stick” strategy, U.S. Permanent Representative to the UN Susan Rice said early in June that the United States would stop UN political support and stop paying UN dues if the UN agrees to Palestine’s bid in September. This would be a great blow to the UN as their annual budget is 2.5 billion U.S. dollars and the United States still pays the largest part of the UN dues, amounting to 600 million U.S. dollars annually.

Palestine is very firm when facing opposition from the United States and insists that it would continue its UN membership bid efforts. It asked the UN to recognize a Palestinian statehood within the pre-1967 borders and with its capital set at East Jerusalem, as well as to give Palestine the UN membership. Abbas said that a Palestine state would first appear on the world map with the support of all countries. So far, 122 countries have made clear that they support Palestinian people to achieve this goal.

As the United States has the veto right at the UN Security Council, the hope of Palestine’s UN admission is still slim. In the whole international community however, even if the United States uses its veto right to block the Palestinian UN bid, the UN General Assembly is still able to pass its Palestinian proposal and help Palestine to change from the current non-voting observer "entity" to a non-voting observer country.

The United States may become more isolated internationally if it use the veto right, and its reputation in the Middle East will also be ruined.

To avoid this, the United States is still making final diplomatic efforts to persuade Palestine to give up its request for the “formal United Nations membership.” U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Sept 13 that she would dispatch two special representatives to the Middle East to talk with Palestinian and Israeli leaders.

Some analysts believe that even if the United States succeeds in keeping Palestine from acquiring the formal membership, it will still face a major diplomatic failure in history because this will make the efforts made by the United States since Barrack Obama took office to repair its ties with the Arab world in vain, and even likely lead to a anti-American wave in the Arab world.

Since the United States have chosen to “prevent,” it will surely get itself into an isolated situation no matter whether it can keep Palestine from acquiring the “formal United Nations membership.”


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PD User at 2011-09-30130.219.8.*
free palestinian
China friend at 2011-09-2460.247.105.*
The state of Palestine exists in Jordan (Historically part of Palestine). Also historically the geographic area was not split as a non Jewish zone. The history is as complex and China"s internal issues. China supporting Palestine, is this not an internal conflicting issue?
Danny at 2011-09-2262.164.180.*
Just makes me fuckin hate america even more! UK are just a bunch of muppets too scared to have an opinion, and half of europe has returned to Facism! austria, france, sweden, finland, italy all have right wing governemnts and white extremists are growing on trees, and getting back in power! looks like white folk never learnt anything from WW1 and WW2, but then again tehy never really learnt anythign from colonialisation and the slave trade either!
Dennis South at 2011-09-2212.139.33.*
Why did China recognize the gangs, terrorists, Islamist, and Al-Qaeda members, in Libya, who call them selves the NTC? Why?Colonel Gaddafi still holds 85% of the Libyan soil. On top of that, he is winning on the battlefield, having taken back a number of cities, including Brega, the oil port, and Ras Lanuf, which holds an important refinery.Bani-Walid, Sirte, and Sabha all have militarily rebuffed (and strongly) the attacks against them by so-called "rebel" troops. Saadi Gaddafi, one of Gaddafi"s sons, went to Niger and came back with 10,000 Tuaregs--the No. 1 masters of desert warfare, according to both Western and Russian intelligence--and they are fighting in Libya at this moment.At Bani Walid, the rebels refused to obey their commanders" orders to continue fighting. When asked by the commanders if they were fatigued, the rebels said, "No. We are tired of shedding Libyan blood." So the tide is changing.Benghazi, the rebel headquarters, there is mass chaos, and none of the rebel factions trust each other. Belhadg, an Al-Qaeda head in Tripoli, vowed that he would kill Mustafa Abdul Jalil, the head of the rebel NTC.In Tripoli, marksmen snipers of the Jamahiriya resistance are using silencers on their weapons to kill rebels left and right. Also in Tripoli, the hospitals there are filled to the brim with European mercenaries who are being killed by the LDF (Libyan Defence Forces)The rebels have no command structure, and two days ago a telephone call between two rebel commanders was intercepted [Read about it at]. In that conversation, one of the rebel commanders angrily complained to the other one, that the Jamahiriya armed forces were winning the battle everywhere in Libya.DEBKAfile, a top-flight Israeli military and intelligence news organ, stated that it is "impossible" for the rebels to control Libya, because they only have control of two cities, essentially: Benghazi and Tripoli. Aside from the Tuaregs, other major and minor Saharan tribes are rallying behind Gaddafi. And if not rallying behind him, they are definitely providing him with food, shelter, and whatever he needs. They respect him very much, because he never dropped his Bedoin roots.In the midst of these realities, China decided to STOMP on the grave of the greatest revolutionary in human history, Mao Zedong (Mao Tse Tung). China had been my greatest hero! China was my "big brother." In China, oppressed people, such as myself, held hope. China has no right to hypocritically ridicule the U.S. push to block Palestinian statehood, when it has recognize COUNTER-REVOLUTIONARIES that worked with NATO to try to effect a coup detat on a sovereign country, 90% of whose populace support their leader, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.The Revolution is NOT the war that is waged by the rebels. The Revolution is the Al-Fateh Revolution that was started, in 1969, by Colonel Gaddaf, and that continues indefinitely, through the Libyan Jamahiriya.China is now a COUNTER-REVOLUTIONARY country that has decided--for reasons that cannot be understood--to BOW to the U.S. In turning its back against its brother, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, China has gone the road of the oppressor and the counter-revolutionary. My heart is hurt beyond any words that I can find.My sadness reaches the heavens. What has this world come to, when the greatest revolutionary country on earth has sunk to the depths of SERVITUDE to the U.S.
PD User at 2011-09-21174.6.38.*
Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper, called on Palestinians Tuesday to get back to the negotiating table with Israel and declared that their bid for statehood at the United Nations could hamper hopes for peace in the Middle East.

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