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Palestine non-member state in UNGA

November 1, 2012 

The Palestinian leadership has started a process to seek a status as a non-member state in the United Nation General Assembly (UNGA). It is expected to ask the GA members to vote on a draft resolution at the last week of November, may be at the upcoming anniversary of the UN Solidarity Day with the Palestinian People on November 29.

The anticipated draft resolution will be very simple illustrating the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination including their right to establish an independent Palestinian state within the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.

The decision to adopt a multi-lateral approach has been made given that the Palestinian leadership’s attempts to resume direct peace talks with the Israel Government have failed due to the Israeli incessant settlement activities and continuous rejection of the two state solution as stipulated by the various UN and Security Council resolutions, as well as the Road Map plan and other bi-lateral agreements.

Furthermore, the Palestinian leadership has successfully managed to build vibrant and efficient institutions on the ground within a successful state building process and strategy. This achievement has been certified and recognized by many international organizations including the IMF, WB, EU, and UN.

Unfortunately, the International Community has failed until present to exert a serious pressure to hold Israel accountable and abide by its international responsibilities and commitments. Therefore, the continuation of the status quo in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (oPt) will lead to further deterioration jeopardizing any hopes to achieve the vision of the two- state solution.

It is strongly believed that such a move will change the current situation and will create a momentum to proceed with a just and comprehensive solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict and may oblige Israel to be accountable and abide by International law and UN resolutions.