In the wake of Palestinian determination to seek statehood at the UN General Assembly in a few days, some readers may wonder what it’s all about. Through a series of questions and answers, perhaps one can be more enlightened on this decades-long struggle.
- Why are they insisting to go to the UN in this month?
Palestinians want to go to the UN in order to get international recognition for their future state, and legitimise Palestinian claims for freedom, independence and statehood.
Will the UN help in materialising those goals?The majority of countries support Palestinian statehood. The goal is to get rid of the four and a half decades of Israel’s tight occupation of the Palestinian territories…
- What are the Occupied Territories?
The Occupied Territories are situated on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. They are within the 1967 borders, violently and illegally occupied by the Israeli armed forces; they make 22 per cent of historical Palestine.
- Why is Israel opposed to the Palestinian drive to go to the UN in September 2011?
Israel is opposed because of its denial of the Palestinian rights and rejection of Palestinian statehood. Israel intends to keep the Occupied Territories and enlarge its lebensraum at the expense of the Palestinian people and their properties. In keeping the Occupied Territories, Israel will carry on its policy of building colonies and walls in order to fragment the territories like Swiss cheese and block the establishment of a Palestinian state.
- How can Israel alone defy the international community and challenge UN resolution?
Unfortunately, Israel is shielded by multiple US vetoes (43) since 1967 providing Israel with all the needed aggressive spirit to carry on its violations against the Palestinian people and their properties at all levels. So Israel is not alone in defying the international community and its peace resolutions.
- Is the Washington-Tel Aviv axis the main obstacle to peace in the Middle East ?
Yes …. When we see the blind support of the successive US administrations, including the Obama administration to the Israeli aggression and occupation, we can conclude that the US is a major obstacle to peaceful coexistence in the region as well.
To elaborate further, one has to look at the unlimited financial support in billions of US dollars provided to Israel every year used to build illegal colonies on Palestinian ground, the military and the technical support and cooperation between Israel and the US military industries. Also, the US vetoes used at the UN Security Council to block the condemnation of Israeli violations of international resolutions including human rights violations in the Occupied Territories, in addition to the falsification of the facts and the US biased media coverage of the events in the Middle East demonising Palestinians and their legal rights; while favouring Israel and its illegal occupation and aggression.
The recent empathic support of the Congress and the standing ovations in the US Congress during Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech defying the US President Barack Obama’s moderation, are but some of many other indications that testify to the unbreakable bonds between Israel and the US in which Palestinians are the victims and have to pay a high price with their blood and properties.
- Whatever happened to direct negotiations with Israel?