Friday, November 30, 2012

After UN vote on Palestine - Has anything changed?

NYTimes   Saeb Erekat, a senior Palestinian official, recently said that the day after Palestine gained recognition as a nonmember state at the United Nations, “Life will not be the same.”

True, there would still be the occupation, he said; Israeli settlement and closing policies would continue. But no Israeli official could argue that the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem were disputed territories, he said, adding, “Palestine will become a country under occupation. The terms of reference for any negotiations become withdrawal.” [...]

“They got a state without end of conflict,” a top Israeli official said. “This sets new terms of reference that will never allow negotiations to start.”

The absence of negotiations may then open the way for a more confrontational approach. [...]

Israel has said that any punitive measures after the United Nations maneuver would depend on the future actions of the Palestinians. Yigal Palmor, the spokesman for Israel’s Foreign Ministry, said that Israel would “work by the book” and would only take steps that did not violate any signed accords.

One possibility, he said, was deducting debts owed by the Palestinian Authority to Israeli utility companies from the tax revenues that Israel collects on behalf of the authority. “We can, so we may,” he said.

2 comments :

  1. Recipients and PublicityNovember 30, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    "After UN vote on Palestine - Has anything changed?"

    No! Nothing has changed. In fact Israel should take back by force the lands they gave over to the Arabs by negotiations since evidently the Arabs don't like negotiations any more.

    Like a spoiled brat child that throws a tantrum that it does not like what it got, you take everything back to teach the child a lesson.

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  2. The UN partition vote of 1947 did not create Israel. The Jews of Israel, with the help of the Ribono Shel Olam, created Israel in 1948/49. Had Ben-Gurion et al waited around on May 15, 1948 for the world to help them set up their state and protect it from their enemies, well we'd have a second Yom HaShoah to celebrate, r"l.
    Same thing here: nice vote, means nothing.

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