Fri. May 31st, 2024

US blocks Palestinian request for full UN membership over six months into Hamas-Israel war

Jamie Roberts By Jamie Roberts May24,2024
Key Points
  • The United States has stopped the United Nations from recognising a Palestinian state.
  • It says a Palestinian state should be established through direct talks with Israel, not UN action.
  • The Palestinian push for full UN membership comes more than six months into the Hamas-Israel war.
The US has effectively stopped the UN from recognising a Palestinian state by casting a veto in the Security Council to deny the Palestinian Authority full membership in the world body.
The US says an independent Palestinian state should be established through direct negotiations between and not through UN action.
It vetoed a draft resolution on Thursday (local time) that recommended to the 193-member UN General Assembly that “the State of Palestine be admitted to membership of the United Nations”.
Britain and Switzerland abstained, while the remaining 12 council members voted yes.
The Palestinians are currently a non-member observer state, a de facto recognition of statehood granted by the UN General Assembly in 2012.
An application to become a full UN member must be approved by the Security Council and then at least two-thirds of the General Assembly.

The Palestinian push for full UN membership comes more than six months into a war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, and as Israel is expanding settlements in the Occupied West Bank.

“Recent escalations make it even more important to support good-faith efforts to find lasting peace between Israel and a fully independent, viable and sovereign Palestinian state,” UN Secretary-General António Guterres told the council earlier on Thursday.

“Failure to make progress towards a two-state solution will only increase volatility and risk for hundreds of millions of people across the region, who will continue to live under the constant threat of violence,” he said.

Israel’s UN ambassador Gilad Erdan said Palestinians failed to meet the criteria to become a full UN member, which he outlined as: a permanent population, defined territory, government, and capacity to enter relations with other states.
“Who is the council voting to ‘recognise’ and give full membership status to? Hamas in Gaza? The Palestinian Islamic Jihad in Nablus? Who?” Erdan asked the Security Council earlier on Thursday.
He said granting full UN membership to Palestinians “will have zero positive impact for any party, that will cause only destruction for years to come, and harm any chance for future dialogue”.

The UN Security Council has long endorsed a vision of two states living side by side within secure and recognised borders. Palestinians want a state in the West Bank, east Jerusalem and Gaza Strip — all territory captured by Israel in 1967.

The Palestinian Authority, headed by President Mahmoud Abbas, exercises limited self-rule in the West Bank. Hamas ousted the Palestinian Authority from power in Gaza in 2007.
Ziad Abu Amr, special envoy of Abbas, earlier asked the US: “How could this damage the prospects of peace between Palestinians and Israelis? How could this recognition and this membership harm international peace and security?”
“Those who are trying to disrupt and hinder the adoption of such a resolution … are not helping the prospects of peace between Palestinians and Israelis and the prospects for peace in the Middle East in general,” he told the Security Council.

Abu Amr said full Palestinian UN membership was not an alternative for serious political negotiations to implement a two-state solution and resolve pending issues, adding: “However, this resolution will grant hope to the Palestinian people, hope for a decent life within an independent state.”

Jamie Roberts

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2 thoughts on “US blocks Palestinian request for full UN membership over six months into Hamas-Israel war”
  1. It’s crucial for peace to be achieved through direct negotiations rather than UN action. The US decision reflects the need for a sustainable solution to the conflict between Israel and Palestine.

  2. I believe that the United States is correct in blocking the Palestinian request for full UN membership at this time. Direct talks between the parties involved is the best way to establish a lasting peaceful solution to the ongoing conflict, rather than relying on UN action which may further complicate the situation.

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