Sami Jamil Jadallah, 14 June 2011
Mahmoud Abbas like his predecessor Arafat and the entire PLO leadership, never held accountable to any one or by any one, will for sure disregard all the advice and the momentum leading to September and announce a U-Turn at the UN in favor of sitting at the table with Bib Netanyahu.
Mahmoud Abbas made his preference of sitting with Bibi Netanyahu over a UN vote for full admission of Palestine in a meeting in Ramallah, this past weekend with a delegation from Socialist International.
According to Haaretz that carried the news “ Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas declared over the weekend in Ramallah that he prefers to returning to negotiations with Israel over demanding that the United Nation vote on recognizing a Palestinian state”. It seems 20 years of wasteful useless negotiations with Israel and the US are not enough; perhaps there will be another 100 years of “peace process”.
Mahmoud Abbas wavering under pressure from the US and Israel, sent his chief negotiator Saeb Erekat (you remember he resigned in disgrace over his roll in the Palestine Paper) together with Nabil Abu Rudeineh to the White House and State to meet with Obama’s team, not to push for the case of going to the UN seeking full recognition of the Palestinian State along the June 4th borders with East Jerusalem, but to find and negotiate a “secret” deal “ fist full of dollars” that will keep the Palestinian Authority and the Ramallah boys in business, in exchange for aborting the plans to go to the UN.
This is not the first, certainly will not be the last time that Mahmoud Abbas and the PLO leadership makes a U-Turn and proceed in manner and on track that is totally against the interests of the people of Palestine and in favor of their own selfish interests.
Abbas, Arafat and Qurai did it when they went to Oslo and negotiated the deal that gave Israel total and unconditional control not only over 58% of the land known as Area C, but they gave Israel a “veto” over any of the key and “final status issues”, such as the borders, the return of the refugees and of course East Jerusalem without having a way out in event of failed or dead end negotiations. Any thing the PLO or the PA undertake without having Israel’s approval is deemed “unilateral action” and in violations of Oslo. That same rule of course does not apply to Israel.
The PLO leadership went even further, it gave Israeli and its partner the US a total and additional “veto” in accordance with the Road Map, devised by non other than the leading American Jewish Zionist Elliot Abrams, which made it impossible for the Palestinian Authority to meet any of the conditions of the Quartet, while allowing Israel to take “unilateral “ actions in Area C including continued and uninterrupted and expanded settlement buildings, ethnic cleansing of Palestinians from East Jerusalem, expanding house demolition and of course maintaining and increasing security checkpoints. Obama and Netanyahu called these “facts on the ground”.
President Obama beholding to his benefactors and looking for a second term threatened the Palestinians with a certain “veto” if they go to the UN, terming the steps toward seeking full recognition as “delegitimizing” the State of Israel, as if admitting Palestine to the UN means expelling Israel from it. Barack Obama is bullying the Palestinian leadership knowing well they will scum to unfulfilled promises as they did in the Goldstone Report.
Professor Francis Boyle, a law professor at the University of Illinois, Champaign, in a widely distributed and circulated article The Case for Palestine’s membership in the United Nation strongly argues for a Palestinian membership in the United Nation. According to Professor Boyle, “the State of Palestine is bilaterally recognized de jure by about 130 states and a de facto diplomatic recognition from most countries” including some European countries.
Professor Boyle further argues the case that “Palestine is already a member of the Arab League and a member of the Organization of Islamic Conference”, mentioning the case of the World Court when conducting its proceedings over the “Apartheid Wall” invited the State of Palestine to participate in the proceedings, concluding “in other words, the International Court of Justice recognized the State of Palestine. With the Palestine having an “Observer State Status” with all the basic rights except the ‘vote” in the General Assembly “effectively Palestine has a de facto UN Membership”.
However the threatened “veto” by President Obama is “clearly illegal because it would violate a solemn and binding pledge given by the United States not to veto States applying for UN membership” argues Francis Boyle. Threatening a veto, President Obama proves one more time; he is not the master of his White House.
Every one, least of all Mahmoud Abbas and his boys in Ramallah should know the US was never a fair and honest broker in the Middle East conflict with decisions and policies formulated in Tel-Aviv and carried out in Washington by the “Israeli Team” with in the State Department and the White House and could not honor any thing it promises.
Going to the UN is also strongly argued by HRH Prince Turki Al-Faisal of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in an Op-Ed published this Sunday June 12, 2011 in the Washington Post Why the Palestinians need the UN. Prince Turki Al-Faisal when he speaks he speaks with authority and power of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Arab and Islamic states.
Prince Turki argued that “ One conclusion can be drawn from recent events: that any peace plans co-authored by the United States and Israel would be untenable and that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will remain intractable as long as UN policy is unduly beholden to Israel”.
So true, but for the fact the US is always siding with Israel “right and wrong”, the entire Middle East conflict would have been solved long, long time ago. Entrusting the US as the “honest broker” proved time and time again, the futility of entrusting any thing or any promise even one coming from the President of the United State. When it comes to the Middle East, and Israel, it is not the words of the US that count; it is the masters in Tel-Aviv and AIPAC that count.
Mahmoud Abbas will be making another fatal mistake if he trust Washington fulfilling any promise and should heed the calls of the people of Palestine, friends of the Palestinian people around the Arab and the world and seek formal recognition of Palestine as a full member of the United Nation and hell with the US “veto”.
Time for Abbas to do something right to mend for all the sins and wrongs he committed since Oslo continuing with 20 years of futile negotiations with the US and Israel while Israel stole and stole, built and built “facts on the ground”. Time to take the US out of the equation and out of the sham called “peace process”. If it is question of money, let Israel take over and pay the PA directly to manage its occupation. When the US and Europe contribute to the Palestinian Authority, they are not doing the Palestinians a favor, they are doing Israel the favor. I hope I am wrong about President Mahmoud Abbas this time around.
Sami Jamil Jadallah is an international legal and business consultant and is the founder and director of Palestine Agency and Palestine Documentation Center www.palestineagency.com and founder and owner of several business in technology and services. Sami also runs an online website (Jefferson Corner). His articles are also featured on PalestineNote and Veterans Today.
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