The World’s Most Exclusive Club: The Countries that Voted Against the PA’s UN Bid

November 30, 2012 12:20 pm 24 comments

Major culture areas of Oceania: Micronesia, Melanesia, and Polynesia.

Only nine countries voted against the Palestinian bid for upgraded status yesterday at the UN.

Friday morning Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said of these countries, “Nine states lined up along the side of truth and peace. History will judge them favorably. ”

Two of these were shoe-ins—Israel and the United States, and another, Canada, has been such a staunch supporter of Israel that it was all but certain that it would back Israel’s position. In fact, it has already taken steps to protest the UN’s decision.

The others are a curious lot.

The Czech Republic was the only EU country to vote against. The UK and Germany abstained, Italy, France and Spain all voted in favor. Earlier in the week Czech Foreign Ministry spokesmanVit Kolar said, “We disagree with any unilateral steps that could harm or threaten the peace process leading to a two-states solution.”

Panama was the only Latin American country to vote against. It said in a statement that “after a thorough political and legal analysis of draft resolution A/67/L.28 about Palestine, [it] regrets it cannot support it,” as the Palestinian Authority “must first resolve its differences with its neighbour, the State of Israel, which, like Palestine, has the right to a peaceful existence and a harmonious relation with Palestine and other States of the region.”

To round out the group was a small quartet from the South Pacific: the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru and Palau—all a part of the greater Micronesia sub-region. These nations typically support the U.S. and Israel at the U.N. Representatives for the countries did not immediately respond to The Algemeiner’s requests for comment.

24 Comments

  • Every country has a right for a voice in UN.Everybody has their own opinion but what is important is whatever decision you make is for the benefit of peace of the majority.

  • As a Pacific Islander, I applaud the courage and support from my fellow Pacific Island nations the Marshall islands, Micronesia, Nauru and Palau. As a Samoan, I am ashamed of my own government for not standing up for the nation of Israel. The whole of the Pacific worship and believe in the God of the Jews. The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. I am ashamed and very sad.

  • My understandinmg is that Germany didn’t babstain. It supported the resolution. Shame on Germany (again)!

  • For me as a German citizen I’ve no understanding for the German government’s decision for an “abstention” instead of a brave “No”! It’s a shame for Germany!!!

  • Thank you for standing up for the truth, it is truly deeply apprecaited.

  • It remains to be seen how long the Pacific nations will go along in supporting Israel.These impoverished nations are mostly on the US dole.
    Nauru accepted a Russian “bribe” of 50 million to recognize the Georgia breakaway region of Abkhazia.Its mismanaged government squandered the nations trustfund,and it has been an overseas prison camp for Australia as well as a haven for HOT money laundering.
    Palau served as a dumping ground for some Guantanamo prisoners-for which the US gave Palau compensation.
    All the Pacific nations are wary of land grabs by foreign nations -on land for tourism and sea grabs by other nations exploiting the sea within the economic territorial zones–Certainly none will look favorably on Netanyahu’s settlement retaliation.

  • Sad that reason is limited to so few. Here’s the reality:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNNhG0zDtA8

  • Truth and justice will take center stage!

  • I often wondered why The Marshall Islands, Palau,and Micronesia always vote for Israel at the UN. There must be very few Jews living on those islands, and no real Jewish or Israeli contact. Can someone explain this to me.

    Thank you,
    starkermann853@yahoo.com

  • Those nations who voted against the resolution voted rightly. Those who voted yes are more than likely in the Muslim Russian bloc which is anti west and others who have brought in to the propaganda and are servile to the holders of black liquid gold. To have given legitimacy in principle to those whose only understanding of peace is piece by piece defies reason. Canada is a country that is both prosperous and does have clout. In a world largely devoid of sanity and morality those regions who voted no are to be commended as honourable and having an understanding of reality. Those who voted yes are not advancing peace but just aiding the caliphate in waiting.

  • ISRAEL AND THE USA WILL MAKE IT A SELF FULFILLING
    PROPHESY, THE PALESTINIANS ARE WRONG.
    TO HELL WITH FAIR PLAY, IT’S ONLY FAIR IF WE SAY SO.

  • Israel is loosing international support exempting the US and yes, nine others. The question is why? One billion Muslims, oil wealth and the Iranian conundrum. The Palestinians will not go away. The international community bound in economic recession, internal political indecision or simply the lack of will to act. The latter referred to as stupidly, fear or appeasement.

    Putting the UN, EU, US and Russia as “peacekeepers” may appear illusory but Syria is the opportunity. The equivalent of a 2013 Marshall Plan financed by Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States.

    The alternative: a slow unwinding of a 2013 boiling Balkan Cauldron waiting for a Gavrillo Princip, Serbia or Black Hand to lift the lid and engulf The West in a conflict of international terrorism on exponential Middle Age proportions expanding into decades.

    The third alternative…?

  • Reply to Norton Mevinsky:

    Because of Israel’s actions? Do you mean in PROTECTING itself? How would you like living next door to psychopaths wanting to kill you? I would like to see Israel drive Hamas out of the Gaza Strip.

  • The Jewish People have survived the 10 Plagues,the Assyrians, the Babylonians the Roman destruction and sacking of Jerusalem,the Crusades, the Inquisition, the Holocaust,the birth of Islam and subsequent muslim onslaught,and the international resurgence of the Neo-Nazi movements.
    The Jewish People will also survive the corrupt,pathetic United Nations who never miss an opportunity to malign, debase, defame, degrade and vilify Israel and the Jews.

  • The birth of Israel took place in this very forum, United Nations, 65 years ago. Be a good sport, let these people too have a piece of land which they can call home. After all they have lived there from time immemorial. You folks left that land and came back to it, they never left.
    Bitterness leads to more conflict, killings and destruction. The Jewish people have been persecuted and killed in a horrible way in their troubled past throughout Europe. What better people there can be, who can understand the suffering of fellow human beings than the Jews. Open your hearts and be generous. Things will change, good will over power the evil.

  • Norton Mezvinsky

    Now isn’t that an impressive (sic!) list of countries that voted with Israel and the United States against the resolution? Because of its actions Israel is certainly losing favor and backing around the world.

    Norton Mevinsky

    • The majority of countries in the United Nations are tyranical Muslim countries. Another bunch are the European countries where antisemitism is ingrained in their history. The only way Israel could gain favor with this group is to disappear along with every Jew in the world. According to your conclusion, the world favors savage terrorists and antisemites. I’m with Israel.

    • The Czech vote was telling – as the country most aware of the price of appeasement.

      Jewish Attempts to Buy Arms and Czech Approval

      The major Arab armies who invaded the newly born Jewish state were British led, equipped, trained and supplied. The Syrian army was French-equipped and had taken orders from the Vichy government in resisting the British led invasion of the country assisted by Australian troops, Free French units and Palestinian-Jewish volunteer forces in 1941. In their War of Independence, the Israelis depended on smuggled weapons from the West and Soviet and Czech weapons.

      The leaders of the Yishuv (Jewish community in Palestine), already in the summer of 1947, intended to purchase arms and sent Dr. Moshe Sneh (the Chief of the European Branch of the Jewish Agency, a leading member of the centrist General Zionist Party who later moved far leftward and became head of the Israeli Communist Party) to Prague in order to improve Jewish defenses.

      He was surprised by the sympathy towards Zionism and by the interest in arms export on the side of the Czech Government. Sneh met with the Deputy Foreign Minister Vladimir Clementis, who succeeded the non-Communist and definitely pro-Zionist Prime Minister Jan Masaryk. Sneh and Clementis discussed the possibility of Czech arms provisions for the Jewish state and the Czechs gave their approval,

      In January, 1948 Jewish representatives were sent by Ben-Gurion to meet with General Ludvik Svoboda, the Minister of National Defense, and sign the first contract for Czech military aid. Four transport routes were used to Palestine all via Communist countries.

      At first, a “Skymaster” plane chartered from the U.S. to help in ferrying weapons to Palestine from Europe was forced by the FBI to return to the USA. By the end of May the Israeli Army (IDF) had absorbed about 20,000 Czech rifles, 2,800 machine-guns and over 27 million rounds of ammunition. Two weeks later an additional 10,000 rifles, 1,800 machine-guns and 20 million rounds of ammunition arrived.

      One Czech-Israeli project that alarmed the Western intelligence was the, so called, Czech Brigade, a unit composed of Jewish veterans of “Free Czechoslovakia,” which fought with the British Army during WWII. The Brigade began training in August 1948 at four bases in Czechoslovakia.

      Czech assistance to Israel’s military strength comprised a) small arms, b) 84 airplanes – the outdated Czech built Avia S.199s, Spitfires and Messerschmidts that played a major role in the demoralization of enemy troops; c) military training and technical maintenance.

      On January 7, 1949, the Israeli air-force, consisting of several Spitfires and Czech built Messerschmidt Bf-109 fighters (transferred secretly from Czech bases to Israel), shot down five British-piloted Spitfires flying for the Egyptian air-force over the Sinai desert causing a major diplomatic embarrassment for the British government.

      According to British reports, based on informants within the Czech Government, the total Czech dollar income from export of arms and military services to the Middle East in 1948 was over $28 million, and Israel received 85% of this amount. As late as 1951, Czech Spitfires continued to arrive in Israel by ship from the Polish port of Gdansk (Danzig). Since May, 2005 the Military Museum in Prague has displayed a special exhibition on the Czech aid to Israel in 1948.2

      In contrast, the American State Department declared an embargo on all weapons and war material to both Jews and Arabs in Palestine, a move that only had one effect in practice. There was no Arab community in North America to speak of and given the fact that a substantial and overwhelmingly sympathetic Jewish community in the United States was anxious to aid the Jewish side, the embargo simply prevented a large part of this intended aid from reaching its destination.

      The small trickle of supplies and arms reaching Israel from North America was accomplished by smuggling. The U.S. vote in favor of partition was only de facto reflecting the State Department’s care not to unnecessarily offend the Arab states whereas the Soviet vote recognized Israel de jure.

      Even with Czech weapons and Soviet aid, Israel would undoubtedly have been unable to halt the Arab invasion without a massive inflow of manpower. The United States, Canada and Europe provided no more than 3000 volunteers, many of them combat hardened veterans from both the European and Pacific theaters of war plus a few score idealistic youngsters from the Zionist movements with no combat experience or training.

      Nevertheless, their numbers were a drop in the bucket compared to more than 200,000 Jewish immigrants from the Soviet dominated countries in Eastern Europe, notably, Poland, Bulgaria (almost 95% of the entire Jewish community) Romania, Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia, the former Baltic States and even the Soviet Union who emigrated to Israel arriving in time to reach the front lines or replenish the depleted ranks of civilian manpower. Without both the arms and manpower sent from the “Socialist Camp” to aid the nascent Israeli state, it would have been crushed.

    • Since when should we care about what the world thinks. The Palestinians relentlessly lie about Isreal, distort history and make false claims about anything and everything including trying to steal our historical sites. Of the 138 countries that voted yes 90% would like to see Israel disappear. Your post reflects the problem, you think you are still in Kansas and going home but that is fantasy. We are in dog fight for survival and the UN is an outpost for the enemy. Get real, no one is coming to help us other than a few countries who refuse to capitulate to Islam.

      The world is a dangerous place for Jews and Israel as anti antisemitism is a way of life for the vast majority of the planet. Face it, we are on our own and should pay no attention to world opinion. That is also a good reason for having a couple of hundred nukes laying around.

    • Tone Lechtzier

      Shalom,
      this is to be expected, we are the most hated people on this planet. Our history proves this time, and time again. We are G-d’s chosen, to spread His light amongst the other nations that wallow in darkness. No wonder we are hated. The Torah is meant for ALL, living the ways G-d intends, in peace. We are all from the same source, one diverse family.
      Blessings

    • I agree, its time real peace was attempted instead of fooling yourself. An earnest leader in Israel needs to cross the red line and bring that about, like the great Yitzhak Rabin did. The man a had a vision, only one remains of his calibre, Shimon Peres. He oppose conflict and desires a peaceful settlement both with the Palestinians and Iran. Killing and destruction will never solve the issues, they never have.

    • LEANDREA HUGHES

      Now that the Palastinians have status they think they can take Israel away from the Isralies and they have ALL the land surrounding Israel. What is wrong with people who cant understand that. If they were ever a nation why dont they have their own monetary system?

    • Mezvinsky – “Because of its actions”?? Are you NUTS? Israel has lost favor around the world for a host of reasons, but none of these are directly attributable to invidious actions by Israel, as you imply here. The western world, that Christian demographic raised on two millenia of Church antisemitism, has just come off a half-century of guilt over their contributions to the Holocaust, and they are already back working toward extermination of those evil Jews who killed their saviour. This includes even the atheists in those countries, people thoroughly indoctrinated by the cultural antisemitism of their long, bigoted history. Then there are the poor Palis who have been so–o-o-o persecuted. Their Arab & other Muslim allies make them into cannon fodder, and the world blames the Israelis for this violence and rejectionism.
      The world is heavily populated with a preponderance of idiots. Sorry tos ay, you seem to be one of them. You have no idea what distinguishes cause from effect, nor can you recognize the one or the other. Blame the Jews… why not? Everyone has been doing it for centuries. Millennia, actually.

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