- Washington wages wars multiple ways, including militarily,
financially, and politically by supporting wrong over right each time.
- For decades, it subverted peace negotiations and Palestine's
bid for statehood. The Obama administration's now doing it again, besides
waging multiple wars and undermining freedom wherever it surfaces, abroad
and at home.
- On August 26, Haaretz headlined: "US: We will stop
aid to Palestinians if UN bid proceeds," saying:
- America "will stop all financial aid to the Palestinian
Authority if they" pursue statehood and de jure UN membership In September.
- US Consul General Daniel Rubenstein told chief Palestinian
negotiator Saeb Erekat that Washington will veto a UN Security Council
resolution if it's sought unilaterally within June 1967 borders, despite
its illegality under international law and its pledge not to do so against
any state seeking UN membership.
- Moreover, only the General Assembly has authority to
affirm new members by a two-thirds majority. It's believed more than enough
support exists to admit Palestine as a sovereign state full member.
- Rubenstein also threatened to cut off aid and impose
other unspecified punitive measures. Whether replicating in Palestinian
what's ongoing in Libya wasn't suggested, but as Washington at times puts
- Nothing is off the table, so expect harsh recriminations
if Palestinians seek long overdue rights, ones entitled to all states.
- In June, the Senate unanimously approved a measure to
end funding if statehood is pursued. In early July, so did the House, voting
407 - 6. Its resolution also called for suspending aid in light of the
PA's unity deal with Hamas.
- Both House and Senate resolutions are non-binding as
foreign policy is the purview of the Executive, except for the right to
declare war, a power restricted solely to Congress.
- The State of Palestine, in fact, exists. It was proclaimed
in Algiers on November 15, 1988 when the PLO adopted the Palestinian Declaration
- PLO legal advisor Law Professor Francis Boyle drafted
it with safeguards to assure all their rights as a sovereign state, and
that full de jure UN membership doesn't comprise them.
- Rubenstein's threat is another reminder of who's friend
or foe. Washington's supportive when Palestinians are quiescent and subservient
- In other words, willingness to sacrifice independence
and stay occupied are requisites to avoid attacks and other retaliatory
- It's time to ignore rogue threats and go for what's there
to be gotten if pursued.
- Not, however, without opposition from AIPAC. It's circulating
action alert says in part:
- If America "fails" to derail Palestine's statehood
pursuit, "the consequences could be immense: Israelis could be dragged
into foreign courts and charged with human rights violations....nations
could implement sweeping economic sanctions....the Jewish presence in East
Jerusalem could come under severe international challenge."
- AIPAC asked for support to subvert Palestinian rights.
Unless public anger resists, it may happen.
- Francis Boyle emailed these relevant comments, saying:
- Palestinians "act(ed) in good faith and with sincerity.
(They've) been critically misled and misinformed," including by so-called
experts, willing to sell their souls by falsifying facts in lieu of accurate
- They don't care and perhaps don't "even understand
that once (Palestine) become(s) a UN Member State, (it) can ratify the
Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court and then file a formal
State to State Complaint against Israeli Officials, upgrading the lower
level Complaint President Abbas filed at my advice."
- "They also do not know that once (Palestine) become(s)
a UN Member State, (it) can ratify the Genocide Convention and sue Israel
for Genocide at the World Court, pursuant to the advice I had already given
President Arafat and President Abbas, and get a temporary restraining Order
against the Zionists, that would then go to the Security Council for enforcement,
and if vetoed by the Americans, to the General Assembly for enforcement
under the (1950) Uniting for Peace Resolution."
- "With these proceedings, (it may) be able to halt
the Zionist settlement project of all Palestine in the immediate future.
How else" can it be done?
- For issues Boyle raises and others, it's essential to
proceed as planned to assure rights all Palestinians deserve no longer
- Let imperial threats delay them no longer. Doing so is
- A Final Comment
- On August 28, Haaretz writer Barak Ravid headlined, "UN
envoy Prosor: Israel has no chance of stopping recognition of Palestinian
- Israeli UN ambassador Ron Prosor "sent a classified
cable to the Foreign Ministry last week, stating that Israel stands no
chance of rallying a substantial number of states to oppose a" General
Assembly resolution recognizing Palestinian statehood and full de jure
- Gaining only possible abstentions, Proser said Palestine's
effort won't be derailed. "Only a few countries will vote against
the" initiative. Up to 140 support it, more than enough for a two-thirds
- The position of most 27 EU member states remains unknown.
Spain's on board. Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Czech Republic are
opposed as well as America.
- However, an unnamed senior Foreign Ministry source said,
"(m)ost western countries will not be willing to be in the hall and
vote against a Palestinian state."
- At this point, the Foreign Ministry, Shin Bet and IDF
officials believe it's now best trying to influence the resolution's language,
"aiming at a resumption of negotiations after the vote."
- Let's hope the current General Assembly session will
grant Palestinians what they've been long denied. If so, it'll be a major
step toward ending occupation, Gaza's siege, and greater justice.
- They remain critically important unattained victories
within reach if enough committed people pursue them.
- Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at
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