American Jewish Leaders and Groups Blast United Nations Palestinian Authority Vote

November 29, 2012 8:13 pm 3 comments

United Nations HQ in New York. Photo: wiki commons.

Jewish groups reacted with dismay over the decision of the United Nations General Assembly to vote in favor of upgrading the status of  the Palestinian Authority to observer state today. Many concluded that the impact of the outcome on efforts to achieve peace with the Arabs will be profoundly negative. Below are some of the reactions:

AIPAC: “The United Nations General Assembly recklessly set back the chances for peace between Israelis and Palestinians today when it granted non-member observer state status to the Palestine Liberation Organization. In requesting this action, PLO Chairman Mahmoud Abbas is effectively turning his back on  talks with Israel and destroying his credibility as someone genuinely interested in a serious peace process. Instead, Abbas has reinforced the message he sent in a May 2011 New York Times op-ed that he intends to widen the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by pursuing claims against Israel before international bodies that can neither bring peace nor well-being to his people.

…Congress has frequently warned the PLO that there would be consequences for its relationship with the United States if the PLO refuses to demonstrate its commitment to peace with Israel. Congress has specifically linked continued aid and the operation of the PLO office in Washington to the Palestinians not seeking statehood status at the United Nations. AIPAC applauds this congressional leadership and urges a full review of America’s relations with the PLO, including closure of the PLO’s office in Washington.”

The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations: “The outcome of the vote at the United Nations General Assembly today on the resolution to elevate the Palestinian Authority to Non Member Observer State status will leave no victors but certainly a primary loser, peace in the Middle East. This maneuver’s sole purpose is to bypass direct negotiations with Israel with the attempt to achieve through the UNGA vote recognition that will, in fact, not change anything on the ground for the Palestinian people, but will dim the prospect for peace. It is regrettable that nations that profess a commitment to a two state solution and direct negotiations would support a measure that diminishes both. Additionally, many countries may come to regret the precedent set today, the result of which will be that parties in other disputed areas will bypass peaceful resolution by coming to the General Assembly.”

The Anti Defamation League: “With this resolution, the General Assembly has handed the Palestinian leadership a pyrrhic public relations victory, which in all likelihood will make it even more difficult to move the process forward.  The result of the vote is no surprise — the General Assembly has always given a rubber stamp to Palestinian declarations and grandstanding.  Adding insult to injury, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in his remarks reiterated some of his more outrageous charges against Israel.  Included were lies and distortions accusing Israel of aggression in the recent conflict with Gaza, of ethnic cleansing, apartheid, colonialism and racism.  His were not the words of a statesman seeking peace.

In the long term this resolution will have potentially disastrous consequences for future Palestinian aspirations.  It brings the Palestinian people no closer to statehood, nor does it bring Israel closer to peace and security.  And it demonstrates to the majority of Israelis who support a negotiated peace agreement that the Palestinian Authority has no interest in negotiations, reconciliation, or peace.”

B’nai B’rith International: “B’nai B’rith International condemns the Nov. 29 vote at the United Nations General Assembly to grant non-member observer “state” status to the Palestinians. The Palestinians’ unilateral effort to upgrade their status is a violation of signed agreements with Israel. Furthermore, it defies insistence by the international Quartet for Middle East peace, of which the U.N. itself is a member, that progress be made through direct negotiations between the parties.

…This unilateral move will only hurt any chance of moving peace talks forward, as it is, recent events should have reminded the world that there isn’t even unified control over the Palestinian territories. Hamas, which is committed to Israel’s destruction, continues to control the Gaza Strip. Even the Palestinian mission to the U.N., which brought today’s motion, features on its emblem a map of ‘Palestine’ that encompasses the entire State of Israel.”

World Jewish Congress: “The World Jewish Congress today denounced the vote taken by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) to grant the Palestinians status as a non-member observer state. It is most ironic that this date, November 29th, was chosen for this egregious mistake on the part of the UN. On this same day, in 1947, the UN approved the partition plan, granting the Jewish people and the Arabs each a state. The results are well known- the Jewish people accepted it, and the Arabs did not, electing instead to go to war.

…Today’s vote in  the United Nations does nothing to lead to a genuine and lasting peace in the Middle East, between the Israeli and the Palestinian peoples. Instead, it undermines this much-desired goal by contradicting its own  UN resolutions, those that mandate resolving this conflict through direct negotiations between the parties. The designation of a Palestinian non-member observer state creates an illusion that will ultimately deeply disappoint the Palestinian people by raising unrealistic expectations.”

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  • E Pluribus Beagle

    All the Jewish political and thought leaders would be better served taking direct action instead of wringing their hands. Now is the time to sever all connections to the PLO and/or Hamas. No electricity, phone, water, sewer, gas, etc etc…. No more tax remittances to the PLO and Hamas. No new work permits.

  • When I think UN, I think of the League of Nations.

    Tragically, granting the theoretical dismantling of a member state is at one with the history of corruption and capitulation characteristic of the UN.

    I believe that today’s action is one step closer to Armageddon.

    Perhaps Americans should insist that the UN be moved to Londonistan or anywhere in Europe where Moslems will be dominant in the not too distant future.

  • Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas succeeded in his appeal at the UN General Assembly on Thursday, Nov. 29, to upgrade the status of the PLO as an “observer state’ at the UN.

    All presentations that Abbas made to his people in the Arabic language made it clear that his concept of an “observer state” will include all of Palestine, “from the river to the sea”, in accordance with the PLO Covenant, which was never cancelled.

    As I write this memo, the PLO is organizing riots in Ramallah to mark the world’s recognition of a PLO state that will replace the state of Israel, in accordance with the PLO Covenant, which was never cancelled.

    PBC Radio today

    PBC, the Palestine Broadcasting Corporation Radio Station, the official voice of the Palestinian Authority.

    PBC Broadcast: 29/11/2012

    Time: 0845 AM

    “Today the whole world recognizes the criminality of the occupation, the existence of a Palestinian State. Everyone except the United States, which has prevented Palestinian aspirations in the past, and Micronesia, a country of only 30 kilometers.

    Today is a proud day to be a Palestinian, and we must be united. Today we take the first step towards ending the occupation, and reclaiming our homeland, from Gaza, to Nablus, Jerusalem, Haifa, Afula, all of Palestine.

    We will use our newfound recognition to hold the occupation accountable for its crimes against humanity in the past two weeks.

    We are all one Palestine, and now more than ever we must be united because this is the beginning of the end of the occupation.

    Our brothers in Haifa, Jaffa, Jerusalem, Gaza, we now all speak with one voice”.

    it is up to US citizen to write to every members of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the US House Foreign Relations Committee,[members of both committees listed on the internet] to demand a suspension of US aid to the Palestinian Authority, as a response to their heinous action at the East River today.

    The Capitol switchboard number is: 202-224-3121. You can reach your representatives this way. The comment line for the White House is: 202-456-1111;1414. RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG, PRESIDENT ISRAEL ADVOCACYTASK FORCE

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