UN Poised to Make Palestine a Non-Member State
US, Israel battle the change
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Nov 29, 2012 6:34 AM CST
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, right, shakes hands with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at UN headquarters Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012.   (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

(Newser) – The United Nations will today vote on elevating Palestine's status from "entity" to "non-member state"—and the measure should sail through the General Assembly, Reuters reports. Developing countries are set to back the transition, as are more than a dozen European countries, including France and Spain. But the US and Israel are digging in against it: "The path to a two-state solution that fulfills the aspirations of the Palestinian people is through Jerusalem and Ramallah, not New York," Hillary Clinton said yesterday. "The only way to get a lasting solution is to commence direct negotiations."

Top US officials met with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas yesterday to discuss the vote. Passage of the measure could prompt the US to limit Palestinian aid, says a State Department rep. For its part, Israel has threatened to take deductions from duties it passes to Palestine. The US fears a newly empowered Palestine would try to join the International Criminal Court, which Israel worries could prompt a probe into its behavior in occupied territories, the New York Times notes. Palestine could also join other UN agencies to which the US is a major contributor, prompting potential funding issues. Click through for more on US concerns.

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user99
Nov 29, 2012 3:57 PM CST
Who stole land from who? Throughout history it's always been the guy with the biggest stick that owns the land, that will continue as long as their are borders and resources to plunder.
BrushMan
Nov 29, 2012 10:42 AM CST
Jews have a sacred right to steal Palestinian territory in the same way that we had the right to kill the Native American and steal HIS land. This right is stated in their own bible, so it must be true. And multi-national petroleum companies have a right to have a proxy in the Middle East too, don't they?
BrushMan
Nov 29, 2012 9:40 AM CST
The US fears a newly empowered Palestine would try to join the International Criminal Court, which Israel worries could prompt a probe into its behavior in occupied territories . . . If Israel is so free of guilt, why are they afraid of a probe into their treatment of those whom they have dispossessed?