Palestine prepares to apply to the Security Council to become full-fledged and Washington waving a "veto"

RAMALLAH _ Palestine News Network

The Palestinian Authority's foreign minister, Riyad al-Maliki, said that the "State of Palestine", which maintains an observer Member of the United Nations, will apply next month to the UN Security Council for full membership of the United Nations, while diplomats have pointed out that any movement by the Palestinians to obtain Full membership of the United Nations will face veto power on the part of the United States.

Israel has vowed to work with the United States to prevent Palestinians from seeking full membership in the United Nations, a move that would give Palestinians recognition

Internationally with their state.

The outgoing Israeli ambassador to the United Nations, Danny Danon, said in a statement to the press that Israel was working to stop the Palestinian efforts, accusing the Palestinians of paying (salary) to terrorists, encouraging violence and at the same time seeking to become a Member State of the United Nations. ".

Danon accused Palestinian leaders of engaging in "destructive policies that encouraged the recent terrorist attacks," and said he was preparing to block the initiative, "in cooperation with the United States delegation."

The outgoing United States Ambassador Nikki Haile, whose term as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations expires at the end of this year (two days later), has spent the past two years at the United Nations solely on defending the actions of the Israeli occupation authorities and on the settlement policy practiced by The Israeli occupation in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem in flagrant violation of international laws and resolutions. It also maintains an unprecedented record of repeated attempts to condemn the Palestinians and to absolve Israel of all failures, most recent of which was its attempt on 6 December 2018, when it failed to muster enough votes to condemn Hamas.

U.S. State Department spokeswoman Heather Maneuvered was nominated by US President Donald Trump to replace Haile on December 7, but was still not scheduled to appear before the US Senate for confirmation, but it is expected to take place quickly to be present as the Ambassador of

Under United Nations Rules, any request to become a Member State of the United Nations must be approved by the General Assembly, but must first be submitted to the Security Council.

To win the Council's approval, the Palestinians will have to get nine votes from the 15 members and not use the veto from any of the five permanent members: Britain, France, China, Russia and the United States.

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki said he intends to travel to New York next month to make the request in person. It remains unclear whether the request will be put to a speedy vote in the Security Council.

Diplomatic sources at the United Nations said that the Palestinian move to seek full membership in the United Nations comes as all South Africans and Indonesia, a staunch supporter of the Palestinians, are preparing to receive their seats as non-permanent members of the Security Council at the beginning of the month Next two years.

The Council is tentatively scheduled to hold its monthly meeting on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on 22 January 2019.

It is noteworthy that the Palestinians were given the status of an incomplete observer State in the United Nations in 2012, a decision adopted by the UN General Assembly, where no state has the right to veto.

The United States voted against the decision under former President Barack Obama in line with its view of rejecting an international recognition of the Palestinians until progress is made in peace efforts with Israel.

This view was reinforced under the administration of President Donald Trump, who cut aid for the Palestinians, recognized the occupied Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and "removed" the legitimate rights of Palestinians in occupied Jerusalem from the table, US President Trump said.

The US mission to the United Nations or the State Department did not comment on the issue because the US government closed seven days ago.

According to US president Donald Trump's leaks, the administration was preparing to disclose its long-awaited "Deal of the Century" peace plan in early 2019, but the announcement of the early Israeli elections in April next month placed that prospect at the site of suspicion.

Of the 193 member States of the United Nations, 137 have recognized Palestine as the United Nations.


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