UN Security Council to Vote November 11th on Palestinian Statehood
Reuters is reporting that western diplomats say the UN Security Council will vote on November 11th on the Palestinian bid for statehood. Tantalizingly, it says the vote is very close:
Diplomats currently expect eight council members to back the Palestinians and six to vote against or abstain. There is uncertainty over Bosnia, the three members of whose collective presidency — Muslim, Serb and Croat — disagree over which way to vote, diplomats say.
It will be terribly symbolic that the vote for statehood may be decided by a nation that was itself riven by inter-ethnic hatred and bloodshed: Bosnia. The fact that it cannot agree on how to vote is indicative of the ongoing trauma that such strife can generate. One wonders what sort of bribe Bibi can offer Bosnia in return for a No vote as he’s done with several other voting countries.
The recent Shalit prisoner exchange allowed the Netanyahu government and Hamas to distract the world’s attention from this Palestinian statehood bid. But invariably, attention will be drawn back as the date approaches for the vote. The U.S. will, of course, veto if the PA gets the nine votes necessary to approve the measure. The veto is an obedience school prize offered by the U.S. for the far-right Netanyahu government, which opposes statehood despite the fact that its leader made a half-hearted speech several years ago endorsing the two state solution.
All this will open the door for an overwhelming vote in the General Assembly in favor of statehood, or barring that, an upgraded status which will allow Palestine to make Israel’s life much more miserable by bringing complaints before the International Criminal Court. This is precisely the sort of reining-in that Israel detests, and which will likely moderate Israel’s behavior for the better, if not eventually lead to a peace agreement.
H/t Eyal Clyne, who notes there are 22 fateful days remaining in which to gain a recognition which has eluded Palestinians for 64 years. The last UN vote was also in the month of November, 1947.
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Perhaps you should have said, what bribe Bibi or the USA (no slouch at bribery and pressure) might apply to Bosnia.
Too bad the date is 11/11 (nice as that date is). Because 11/15 would be the anniversary of the 1988 PLO declaration of statehood and, I guess, recognition of UNGA-181.
I’m not sure I understand. If taking bribes for votes is ok with everyone — Israel and the US do it all the time — then why not just create a market in UN votes, all above board so to speak. Bulgaria would frankly auction off its UN vote on a big board, the board would report the offer and offeree and the deal would close at the discretion of the “seller”. If these people have no dignity, which is apparent, they should be happy with this efficiency.
Israel continues its undermining of the UN.
Make the world a safer place by burning a legitimate whistleblower trying to spread word that Israel was engaged in counter intelligence operations against America? You’re pathetic.
I dont understand how you and Reuters seem to know about this “vote” and the UN seems to be oblivious to it? Unless your refering to the POSSIBLE vote to remit a REPORT to the GENERAL ASSEMBLY concerning the subject, not sure how you top quality reporters can turn that into a vote for statehood. Hmmm. I have friends who are telling me the vote will be the 11th of November! Really? Funny cause the UNSC Website, and the regular UN website are oblivious to the event. Seems to me a whole lot of smoke being blown into dark places just to create sensational headline! Woooo Hoooo! LOL Good luck with that.