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Disputed Territories, Fatah/Palestinian Liberation Oragnization (PLO), Foreign Relations, Hamas, Palestinians, Peace Process, Security

United Nations Give Palestinians “Observer State” Status

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Posted: November 29, 2012 at 4:21 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

For all of history, there has never officially been a state called Palestine. Today, the United Nations took a step to turn disputed territories in Judea, Samaria, and Gaza into a recognized state.

The vote, which took place at UN headquarters in New York, change the Palestinian’s from a “non-member observer entity” to a “non-member observer state.” That is the same level of representation The Vatican has at the United Nations.

This is a slap in the face to Israel, which is constantly struggling to protect its citizens from terrorist activity in Gaza. Just eight days ago, Israel was actively working to protect its citizens from 1,500 rockets fired into civilian areas by Palestinian terrorists.

Rather than condemn the Palestinian Authority for its actions, the UN rewarded it by upgrading its status in the UN assembly.

Not only does this move completely undermine peace efforts, it also ignores that PA President Abbas has absolutely no control over its renegade other half in the Gaza Strip. Hamas and Fatah, formerly the PLO, do not work together and were in a state of civil war shortly after Israel withdrew from the Gaza Strip in 2005.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had this to say: “Israel is prepared to live in peace with the Palestinian state,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday. “But for peace to endure, Israel’s security must be protected, the Palestinians must recognize the Jewish state and they must be prepared to end the conflict with Israel once and for all…

“No decision by the U.N. can break the 4,000-year-old bond between the people of Israel and the land of Israel.”

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Eric is the founder and editor of IsraelSituation.com. He has been to Israel many times including a semester at Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is the former president of the Israel advocacy group at the University of Colorado and teaches about Israel and the Media at a local religious school.