Wed Nov 22 2017, 1:43:26 +03

Palestinians demanding U.N. vote on Israeli pullout

Author : , Published :


(New York-AlummahWorld, Dhul-AlHijjah 25, 1435, 19 Oct 2014) Palestinian moving ahead to call for a United Nation vote on Israeli forces pullout from occupied land. Momentum if growing in favor of Palestinians demand as more Arab leaders are urging West to put pressure on Israel to solve long disputes with Palestinian in accordance with international laws. According to media reports, the Palestinian U.N. ambassador Riyad Mansour said his government wants the U.N. Security Council to vote on a resolution before the end of the year that would set November 2016 as the deadline for Israeli troops to withdraw from all Palestinian territories.

He said that if the resolution is defeated, which is almost certain because of opposition from Israel's closest ally the United States and others, the Palestinians have other options. Israel has been facing growing condemnation worldwide after devastating strikes on Gaza strip last month.

On Thursday, Palestinian officials emphasized that they have seven "YES" votes in the 15-member Security Council and are seeking additional support.

A minimum of nine votes is needed for approval.

The draft resolution is an expression of Palestinian disappointment with the repeated failure of U.S. led negotiations with Israel on the terms of an independent Palestinian state. The last round broke down in April, after nine months of fruitless talks in which the two sides couldn't agree on the ground rules.

Palestinian ambassador Riyad Mansour warned that the Palestinians will not go back "to the same kind of negotiations that have led us nowhere for more than 20 years." He said the Palestinians are committed to voting on the resolution and "the centerpiece of our resolution is the time frame." The ambassador noted that one option if the draft resolution is defeated is for the Palestinians to join more treaties and conventions and the International Criminal Court.

When the U.N. General Assembly recognized a state of Palestine in the West Bank, Gaza and east Jerusalem in October 2012, the Palestinians gained the right to seek membership in U.N. institutions and treaty bodies and possibly take their complaints over Israeli settlement-building on occupied land to the ICC, which is independent. Earlier this year, it joined 15 international treaties and conventions.

"We want to create legal facts on the ground that we exist as a state," Mansour said, adding that joining additional treaties, conventions and the ICC will further "acknowledge that a Palestinian state does exist."

Palestine joined Paris-based UNESCO in 2011 before becoming a U.N. observer state, leading to a U.S. cutoff of funding to the educational, scientific and cultural agency under a U.S. law that bans support for any U.N. agency with Palestine as a member. It is highly likely that Washington will pose veto at the U.N Security Council against any Palestinian resolution demanding Israeli troops pull out from occupied territories.