Palestine’s New Status
by Guinandra Jatikusumo
Palestine, at least in the eyes of 138 nations but 9 states including Israel and the United States, has now gained a new status within the United Nations. Its status has been upgraded from “non-member observer entity” to “non-member observer state.” Palestine’s position in the U.N. is now analogous to that of Vatican.
While the U.N. believes that this elevation of status symbolizes an advancement of peace between Israel and Palestine, Israel’s U.N. Ambassador Ron Prosor explicitly said that it is the opposite. In his speech before the members of the General Assembly, prior to the commencement of the voting processes, he expressed Israel’s unfavorableness of the method by which Palestine sought peace : “… as long as he [President Abbas] prefers to travel to New York for U.N. resolutions rather than travel to Jerusalem for genuine dialogue, any hopes of peace will be out of reach.” His statement implies that Israel favors securing an agreement through bilateral dialogues rather than through a governing body like the U.N. Like the U.S., Israel advocates for direct negotiations.
This is dilemmatic. The recognition is a two-eyed lens.