The various parties with interests in the Palestine-Israel question are gearing up for a propaganda show down at the UN. Iran is demanding that Hamas be included in the PLO position, and they are emphasizing the refusal to recognize Israel while they push for Palestinian statehood and the right to return for the exiles. The USA is backing Israel with an eye to the Jewish vote in the USA and the Israel lobby in Congress.
Turkey under the Justice and Development party has pushed to reassert itself in the region. Israel by refusing to apologize for the killing of Turkish citizens on the Gaza flotilla in 2010 has made itself an enemy out of a former ally, Turkey. Congress is flexing its powers over government funding of foreign aid to warn Turkey to back off on its support of the Palestinian State initiative.
Russia seems to have decided to throw its support behind the Palestinian bid. China seems to be in favor of Palestine statehood as well warning the USA against using the veto in the UN. Pro-Israel lobbyists are promoting scare tactics threatening the world with nuclear war if Palestine gains Statehood. Obama seems to have decided to go all out arriving in New York to back up Hillary Clinton in promoting Israel’s interests. Great Britain and France have not indicated how they would vote but popular support is for a Palestinian State.
From the Wall Street Journal
“SEPTEMBER 19, 2011, 1:38 P.M. ET.US intensifies effort to head off UN showdown .
NEW YORK — The United States pressed ahead Monday with intensive talks aimed at averting a showdown over Palestinian statehood at the United Nations this week, asking key Muslim ally Turkey not to allow its rift with Israel to grow wider and hoping to coax cooperation from a noncommittal Russia.
As President Barack Obama and other world leaders headed to New York for the annual U.N. General Assembly session, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met her Turkish counterpart and was to see Russia’s foreign minister later in the day.”
From Business Insider
China Warns The U.S. Against Vetoing Palestine’s UN Request
Robert Johnson|Sep. 17, 2011, 9:06 AM|7,171|55
A state-run Chinese newspaper has warned of rising Mid-East conflicts if the U.S. vetoes Palestine’s bid for UN membership next week.
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas is expected to request UN induction next Friday, while Washington warns the move will be “counter-productive”.
The China Daily says, “If the US chooses to fly in the face of world opinion and block the Palestine UN bid next week, not only will Israel become more isolated but tensions in the region will be heightened even more. “The majority of the international community deems an independent state as the inalienable right of the Palestinians” (via AFP).”
From Tehran Times
“Hamas must have a voice in decisions on Palestine: Larijani
On Line: 19 September 2011 16:35
TEHRAN – Iranian Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani says any decision on Palestine must be made in consultation with Hamas.
On a Palestinian statehood recognition bid at the UN, he said on Monday the two-state solution is not going to resolve the issue of Palestine.
Larijani said there is no option but resistance, and Muslim countries should stand by Palestinians on this matter because they cannot pin their hopes on the Westerners, including Americans, or the UN.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has decided to apply to the UN Security Council for a full UN membership of a Palestinian state.”
“Hamas: We may back Palestinian state that does not recognize Israel’s existence
Gaza strongman Ismail Haniyeh reiterates criticism of Abbas-led statehood bid at UN, saying no Palestinian leader has the mandate to forfeit ‘one inch’ of historic Palestine.
Hamas supports the formation of an independent Palestinian state that does not recognize Israel’s existence and which does not concede “one inch” of historical Palestine, Hamas’ Gaza leader said on Sunday.
Last week, Hamas voiced its objection to an upcoming Palestinian bid to gain recognition at the United Nations, saying that such an effort infringes on the Palestinian refugees’ right of return.”
From the LA Times
“Palestinian state looms as key issue for Obama at U.N.
Obama turns to a vexing set of questions surrounding the security of Israel and the effort by Palestinian leaders to gain UN recognition of their own state.
Efforts by the U.S. and Israeli diplomats to head off the request appear to have failed, and Obama now faces the growing possibility of casting the promised U.S. veto before the UN Security Council.
In opposing either request Obama risks igniting anger in the Middle East, at a time when his foreign policy plan involves trying to build bridges.
But the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is expected to overshadow the other discussions this week. Usually a carefully scripted affair, this year’s General Assembly convenes amid uncertainty about when and how, exactly, the Palestinians will make their move.
The pressure continues to build as Obama prepares to meet on Tuesday with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Leading pro-Israel members of Congress today urged the president to launch a “diplomatic offense” to stop what they see as Turkey’s move toward confrontation with Israel.
Ties between Israel and Turkey have frayed badly in the wake of the 2010 conflict over a Turkish aid flotilla to Gaza, and Erdogan recently announced the Turkish military will protect future shipments.
Turkey is shifting to “a policy of confrontation, if not hostility toward our allies in Israel,” the bipartisan group of senators said in Monday letter to Obama, urging him to “outline Turkey’s eroding support in Congress” in his meeting with Erdogan.”
From Al-Ahram Weekly
“Warning against a Palestinian state
Among ordinary Palestinians, especially the majority who live outside the occupied territories as refugees, another debate has taken hold: stoked by a legal opinion submitted by Guy Goodwin-Gill, an expert in international law at Oxford University.
Goodwin-Gill flags two warnings about the PA’s putative statehood bids. First, he asks, would the substitution of the Palestine Liberation Organisation by a State of Palestine at the UN weaken the former’s status as the sole legitimate representative (SLR) of the Palestinian people wherever they reside? And, second, what would be the impact of this on the refugees’ right of return to homes and properties in what was Mandate Palestine but is now Israel?
The answer has created discord among Palestinians. Refugee activists have demanded “clarity” from the PA that any move to a member or observer state at the UN will not harm either the PLO status as SLR or Palestinian refugee rights. PA President Mahmoud Abbas has assured them it won’t.”
“From Israeli-American Rennassance Institute
Creating “Palestine” Behind the Twisting Roadways of Obama Foreign Policy
by Louis Rene Beres
In short, a Palestinian state – any Palestinian state – would plainly enlarge the risks of both worldwide terrorism, and regional nuclear war.”
From the Telegraph
Turkey backs Palestinian statehood
Turkey’s prime minister has set himself on a collision course with the US by calling on the international community to support a Palestinian bid for statehood when presented to the UN next week.
Prime Minister Erdogan speaks during the news conference in Cairo Photo: REUTERS
By Adrian Blomfield, Ramallah
7:35PM BST 13 Sep 2011
Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday told Arab foreign ministers in Cairo that recognition of a Palestinian state was “not an option but an obligation”.
“It’s time to raise the Palestinian flag at the United Nations,” Mr Erdogan told his audience. “Let’s raise the Palestinian flag and let that flag be the symbol of peace and justice in the Middle East.”
The prime minister’s appeal significantly raised the diplomatic temperature days before Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority, is due formally to submit his statehood initiative to the Security Council.
He will later set out his arguments in an address to the UN General Assembly a week on Friday. The bid for statehood has polarised international opinion.
Risking the wrath of the Arab world, President Barack Obama has signalled his determination to give full US backing to Israel by vetoing the application.
Russia supports Palestinian bid to win UN statehood: envoy
Sep 12 09:16 AM US/Eastern
Russia supports the Palestinian bid to win UN statehood despite resistance from Israel and the United States, Moscow’s ambassador to the United Nations said on Monday.
“We will, of course, be voting for any of the Palestinians’ proposals,” Russia’s UN ambassador Vitaly Churkin was quoted as saying by the Interfax news agency. “We are saying that whatever you decide to do, we will support you.”
From Huffington Post World Positions on Palestinian Statehood
From RIA Nostovi
France offers compromise over Palestine’s UN bid
TEL AVIV, September 19 (RIA Novosti)
Paris is to offer Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas a compromise plan for the Palestinian Authority to gain non-full UN member status, in a bid to avert a showdown that could kill off the faltering Middle East peace process, the London-based Arabic-language paper al-Hayat said on Monday.
From Computer Sense Technology
“Great britain under pressure to alter tack on Palestinian statehood political election
The uk is arriving beneath increasing U . s . pressure to oppose a Palestinian wager for statehood in the Un in a few days amid claims the reason is quiet about the subject is undermining prospects for serenity in the centre Eastern side.
“Europeans back UN recognition of Palestinian state
12/09 17:54 CET
A large number of Europeans back the creation of a separate Palestinian state, a new opinion poll shows. The research carried out by YouGov in France, Britain and Germany came as activists erected a giant flag outside the EU in Brussels ahead of a key UN debate on the issue next week.”