Unilateral Movement

This week Abbas said he would apply for Palestinian membership of 15 different UN treaties and agencies hoping to guarantee Palestinians some degree of protection through the United Nations. Netanyahu spoke out saying that if Palestine were to take unilateral steps then Israel would take unilateral steps of its own:

The Palestinians’ threats to appeal to the UN will not affect us… The Palestinians have much to lose by this unilateral move. They will achieve a state only by direct negotiations, not by empty statements and not by unilateral moves. [Source]

And the US – that great virtuous adjudicator – condemned Palestine’s actions too. Even before the peace talks, the US opposed any Palestinian appeals to the U.N. for protection. In fact, US law restricts funding if the Palestinians achieve membership status at the UN independent of an agreement with Israel. Both Israel and the US condemned Abbas’ move. If Palestine wants legal rights and protection in the international arena they are only to be allowed them after they have reached an agreement with the colonial, apartheid state that holds them in contempt. Before they are given protection from an aggressive, racist, sectarian, imperial regime, they must first concede to their attackers.

So we come back to the ‘peace talks’. Netanyahu refuses to define the borders of Israel. In 2011 he refused to submit a proposal on territory and security which defined Israeli borders until he was inside direct negotiations. Now, inside direct negotiations, it is not until Palestine recognizes Israel as a ‘Jewish state’ that the borders will be proposed. This is the nature of the peace talks that Palestine is damned into seeing through should they wish to seek membership of the UN and the protection that would afford them. And there is no end in sight because Israel is not interested in compromise or recognizing equal right to the land.

So, long story short, Palestine seeks recourse to the UN for Israeli war crime and both the US and Israel oppose this ‘unilateral move’. They design to keep the Israeli state unaccountable.




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