Will a two-state solution include Palestine as a UN member state? – Global Issues
Robert A. Wood, the United States Deputy Representative to the United Nations, vetoed Palestine’s membership in the United Nations at the Security Council on April 18, 2024.Credit: Manuel Elías/United Nations
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However, one question remains. The question is whether a two-state solution would include Palestine as a full-fledged member state of the United Nations, or whether it would exclude it.

Sarah Leah Whitson, executive director of Washington-based Democracy for the Arab World (DAWN), told IPS: Why is the promise of a “two-state solution” nothing more than empty rhetoric? ”

By blocking meaningful action from the international community and providing Israel with a bottomless arsenal to terrorize the Palestinians, the United States has become Israel’s biggest liability in ensuring that a Palestinian state never emerges. She pointed out that it is an arms supplier country.

Meanwhile, the denial of UN membership to Palestine reflects the continued abuse of the veto by China and Russia, who use the veto as a weapon to protect not only the United States but also their political and military allies around the world. is also highlighted.

The main beneficiaries include Israel, North Korea, Syria and Myanmar.

According to Wikipedia, since 1992, Russia has used the veto most frequently, followed by the United States and China.

As of March 2024, Russia/Soviet Union has exercised its veto power 128 times, the United States 85 times, the United Kingdom 29 times, China 19 times, and France 16 times. April 26, 2022 general meeting The Security Council adopted a resolution requiring debate in the event of a veto.

Stephen Zunes, a political science professor and director of Middle East studies at the University of San Francisco who has written extensively on Security Council politics, told IPS that the United States has vetoed more than 45 resolutions criticizing Israel. “This puts Israel in an unfair position,” he said. The Security Council is virtually powerless. ”

Norman Solomon, executive director of the Institute for Public Accuracy and national director of RootsAction.org, told IPS that the U.S.’s sole veto is a sign that the U.S. He said that he once again emphasized the selective isolation of Japan.

He said the US position was morally untenable and based squarely on geopolitics: “Justice is justice.” Even within the United States, political trends are shifting away from reflexive support for Israel, but rhetoric aside, the White House remains entrenched in support for Israel’s apartheid and occupation regime, while a majority in Congress remains unfunded. They are eager to provide it. Mr. Solomon pointed to Israel’s genocidal war against the people of the Gaza Strip. “The U.S. government doesn’t want Palestine at the UN table, because the U.S. government doesn’t actually recognize that there is such a thing as ‘Palestine.’ Nor do policymakers in the executive and legislative branches of the United States actually act as if the Palestinians have a legitimate claim to Palestine. ” The US’ implicit approach is to revisit the history of the region whenever it is convenient for the US-Israel alliance, whether in 1948 or 1967 or on October 7, 2023, he said. He said that this means that it is about to begin. Security Council, whether permanent or rotating. The governments they represent range from those that have significant elements of democracy to those that operate as de facto dictatorships.

“But on issues involving Israel and the Palestinians, the votes cast in both the United Nations Security Council and the General Assembly are, to a remarkable extent and broadly, the closest to a consensus between governments and peoples that exists in the world. It’s a reflection of what’s happening today.

Israel is an apartheid state, its occupation of the territory since 1967 is completely illegal, and Israel’s war on the people living and dying in Gaza is genocide: “Making the War Invisible:” Solomon, author of “How Does America Cover Up the Human Cost of its Military?” machine”

Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs plans to summon ambassadors from several countries later this week to express its displeasure over Palestinian support for UN membership, according to an April 22 report on Cable News Network (CNN). Foreign Minister Israel Katz said this.

“The diplomatic push involves countries that voted in favor of Palestinian membership in the United Nations and have ambassadors in Israel, including France, Ecuador, Japan, Malta, South Korea, Slovenia, China and Russia. There is.”

According to CNN, Algeria, Sierra Leone, Guyana and Mozambique also supported the proposal, but they do not have embassies in Israel.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), based in Washington, D.C., said in a statement last week that “after 12 countries refused to vote against membership in a Palestinian state, forcing membership into a Palestinian state… , the Biden administration should be ashamed and embarrassed.” The United States will again exercise its unwarranted veto and stand alone.

“For decades, the United Nations Security Council has been unable to prevent unjust wars and genocide around the world. We should no longer accept a flawed system that gives us a veto power against the 1 billion Muslims who are not represented in the five permanent members of the Security Council. ” Kea said.

“The nations and peoples of the world must demand fundamental reform or complete abolition of the United Nations Security Council in the coming years.”

According to the United Nations, countries are admitted to the United Nations by decision of the 193-member General Assembly based on the recommendation of the 15-member Security Council.

The resolution requires a two-thirds majority (currently 128 votes) in the General Assembly, but is not vetoable in the Security Council. The State of Palestine was recognized as a “non-member observer state” by the United Nations General Assembly in November 2012.

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