Israel and U.S. relationship under strain
Today marks the day the Palestinian Authority will request the United Nations to recognize the Palestinian territories (Gaza Strip and the West Bank) as the State of Palestine.
Because of the PA’s unilateral decision to go to the U.N., it has deeply worsened the possibility of future direct negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians.
Though to the untrained eye it would seem as if Palestinians are finally just taking the opportunity to establish their own state, the real reason for going through all this trouble is to punish Israel, or as mentioned in The New York Times article, “Palestinians would be entitled to bring cases against Israeli officials.”
According to Khaled Abu Toameh, a reporter for the Jerusalem Post, Palestinians have openly admitted (on Arabs news programs) to their desire to punish the State of Israel and have devised a carefully constructed plan to achieve their goal. (These steps are also outlined in The New York Times’ “In Seeking Statehood, Palestinians Stir Concern” Sept. 11 story.)
The plan begins today when Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will apply for statehood with the United Nations Security Council. The United States, Israel’s strongest ally, has already promised to veto his request.
According to Abu Toameh, Abbas would then make an appeal with the U.N. General Assembly, where there is no opportunity for a veto and where there is a pro-Palestinian majority. Though the General Assembly cannot grant Palestinians United Nations membership, it can affirm Palestinian statehood by declaring it as an observer state.
Once Palestinians are granted statehood, Abu Toameh says they will have the ability to join the International Criminal Court and ultimately achieve their goal of punishing Israel by bringing cases against Israeli officials who allowed for the building of Israeli settlements in the West Bank.
Further, Palestinians will supposedly seek to ensure Israeli withdrawal from Palestinian territories, or what will by then be officially referred to as Palestine.
For years, Israelis have attempted to diplomatically work out the issues between the two conflicting nations.
By deciding to go to the U.N., Palestinians are letting Israel’s metaphorical ship sail away.
Without working together and without two sides that want peace, the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis has a significantly worse chance of being resolved.
Thank goodness for the United States’ loyalty to Israel because at this point, it’s the only hope in avoiding significantly more tension between Israel and Palestine.
That being said, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and the Wall Street Journal all reported last week that not only has Israel’s relationship with former allies Turkey and Egypt frayed, but its current relationship with the United States is under intense strain.
Hopefully, Israel and the United States will stoically overcome this tough hurdle and reinforce their strong bond once again.
Junior, public relations