Countries Intimidated Into Supporting Palestinian UN Bid

September 14, 2011 8:03 am 5 comments

UN general Assembly hall.

Diplomats in the UN said their support for the Palestinianstatehood bid stems from fear of revenge from Muslim and Arab nations loyal to the Palestinian cause.

Sources said some countries will support the Palestinians not because they believe in their cause, but because Muslim and Arab countries may take punitive measures against them when they will need support in the Security Council or in bids to be appointed to important UN bodies.

A senior Western diplomat told Haaretz that the Nonaligned Bloc’s votes were of particular importance. “It is the largest regional bloc,” he said, “and is greatly sympathetic to the Palestinian matter.”

Diplomats have pointed to Australia as an example of this intimidation. Australia is already pushing its nomination for a seat on the UN Security Council next year, and is expected to weigh its steps carefully so as not anger the Muslim and Arab nations and the Nonaligned Bloc. Canada, on the other hand, has failed in promoting its nomination for a seat, not least because of its support for Israel.

The Palestinian bid is not very popular among diplomats, who say it is “a nuisance we would like to have behind us.”

Ambassadors in New York agree with Israel’s position that the Palestinian bid is a wrong move that may bring unwanted results. Yet they say Israel is to blame as it has failed to present any political initiatives, leading to a lengthy political deadlock.

This article originally appeared on Haaretz.com

5 Comments

  • Jehudah Ben-Israel

    Legally, no additional state may be set up anywhere between the Jordan River and the Med. Sea, unless with the full consent of the people whose “national home” this part of the country is: the Jewish people and its representatives.

    The above is part of the League of Nations decisions, 1922, regarding “Palestine” – a territory, not a nationality or a state, of course – decisions, that were then adopted by the United Nations and enshrined in the UN’s Charter, Article 80, 1945, an act that is irrevocable.

    For additional information:
    http://www.mythsandfacts.com/conflict/mandate_for_palestine/mandate_for_palestine.pdf

  • the un is afraid, who would think, really tut tut tut
    they only have all the resources and weapons and armies at their disposal but the poor dears are pissing in their pants

    my late father in poland at the time of the world war one, watched a catholic priest in a long robe walk the street in his town with a german officer with shiny things on his shirt, and the priest said to the german
    in that house there lives jews,and there and there

    and my father who was all of 3 years of age picked up a stone and threw it strai ght at the german and took out his eye. and his father had to pay a lot of money for them to stay alive.

    you cowards blame israel for being cruel to arabs, lets see who is that in syria wiping out his people while the big brother un snores on and on and on

    every place in israel is a settlement, thats the hebrew word, for every place big or small which is settled.where people live.hmmm nssty settlers that would incude me and if you want to pick a fight with me, un,world, i am waiting with my faith and my god.

    in the meantime the rest of the world is falling apart or has no one paid attention, and the more you attack israel the more you all will pay. not enough ok another flood, another fire,another pick your poison world but the creator is in charge and everytime you touch this holy land you will pay and heavy heavy price

  • I know you are just reprinting Haaretz garbage, but making political deals about pointless committees intimidation does not make. The US is threatening to cut FINANCIAL support, and that does not count as intimidation?

  • The US is going to VETO the bid, and i am so glad tehy wil because it makes US position very clear and shows that they bleated along with joy at the Arab Spring, but is seeing double standards. they supported the dictators and still do in many countries challenging democracy, and now they are challenging freedom for Palstine, they have no moral highground and the world will have to work very hard to remove US influence in teh world! as it is not in the interest of global peace.

  • Within 2 years the jews in israel will be compaired to the nazis. There is much video on the horrors commited by settlers to arabs and christians. Lots of video to be shown at UN.

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