I strongly support the effort to seek a statehood recognition at the U.N. General Assembly this summer, particularly after Netanyahu blocked all the roads that lead to a Palestinian state. This is a golden opportunity for the Palestinians that has opened up after President Obama called for the creation of such a state with the 1967 borders as its borders. What makes this golden opportunity a 24 carat gold are the Netanyahu noes.
There is more support for a Palestinian state now than in 1988 when the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) tried to change the name of its U.N. observer delegation from PLO to Palestine. That attempt was eventually failed despite very strong support from the countries of the Third World because the United States threatened to cut financial support to those countries and organizations that would vote for it. Now the United States does not currently have that political power in the middle of the Arab Spring or the financial power because of its large budget deficit and mounting national debt. Moreover, the Chinese, the Japanese, the Germans, the Brazilians and the Indians are willing trade money for more political power at the U.N and the Security Council.
The Palestinians have tried other ways to acquire statehood. They joined the World Health Organization where membership is granted to recognized states. But this is a fainted effort to have a recognized state.
Having said what I have said above, this September the Palestinian delegation whether it’s called the PLO observer or the Palestine observer will receive an outstanding ovation in the U.N. General Assembly, more outstanding than the outstanding ovation Netanyahu received at the U.S. congress. Not all U.S. senators and representatives are sincere in their support of Israel. There are those who just fear the deadly "Israeli" Lobby and are concerned about their seats. However, many of them would be happy if the world creates a Palestinian state, but they do want it to go through them. Even the White House which will oppose it in September will find it helpful in accepting it in the future. The United States does not want to stand up alone in this world at a time when the Middle East is changing and blaming this super power for many of its miseries.
The Palestinians should stand up tall in the General Assembly this September and ask for a Palestinian state with the 1967 borders as its borders and without the “agreed upon swaps” of land as President Obama suggested. They should get a YES vote from more than 140 countries, including European countries. The "swap" that Obama talks about should come after and not before a Palestinian state is established. The Palestinians should be very careful in how to deal with the new western overtures for more peace negotiations between now and September, and this cautionary notice applies to the French initiatives. The Palestinians have been underestimating the world support for them and been selling their cause cheaply in the United States and Europe. All what the Palestinians need now to show bravery at the General Assembly is a financial replacement of the money that the United States has been giving to the Palestinian Authority. I doubt that Europe will match the US move and cutoff financial support all together. Are the Arabs and Muslims ready to replace the US financial aid? This is crucial for the Palestinians to be able to avert "Israel’s" strangulation.
Recognition of a Palestinian state by the General Assembly will be more powerful than the strong 1975 General Assembly resolution “Zionism is racism”. After the General Assembly recognition, many countries in the world will recognize Palestine as a state and the Paletinian flag will fly in their skies. This strong trend will eventually make its way to the U.N. Security Council. Let us go for it!
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