We Are 138!

For those who get that reference, I am high five-ing you. For everyone else, this is a big step for the Palestinian people - recognition by the UN as a "non-member observing state" by an overwhelming 138 to 9 votes. Those 9  opposing vote were: Israel, US, Canada, Panama, Czech Republic, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru  and Palau. Side note: I did not know that Nauru existed.

Some countries were neither for or against, like Germany,  basically stating that recognition will be just that, and nothing more to help or hinder the peace process and progression of such. Basic indifference. 

As in any country, there will always be a disparity of opinions and ideologies among the people who reside in it. An individual's government does not necessarily reflect or capture the entirety of a nation's voice, as there were Israeli activists protesting in support of the Palestinian recognition - a rare glimpse of what a majority of the media does not necessarily focus on. However, a strong opposing voice in Israel has quickly emerged in response to the overwhelming support for recognition. Many speculate that the Israeli government is anxious about Palestine applying for state membership in the International Criminal Court (ICC) and thus having full rights to request an investigation on  war crimes. Yes - Gaza. 

 In either case, the 138 have spoken and it turns out that Palestine exists. I  would expect that there are millions of people exhaling with relief and celebrating this basic right of recognition. 

I ask them, though, will this actually bring the region a step closer to a legitimate peace process, and how? 

Jujalee Jujalee
2 Responses Nov 29, 2012

If nothing else , it helps to show how increasingly out of touch with the rest of the world that the US and Israel have become and how this deception will not be tolerated for much longer. The Obama administration should heed the wake up call and get on the right side of history.

I'm proud that the majority of governments gave a legitimate voice to the Palestinian people. Now we must wait and see if they will also be receptive to changes that need to be implemented for sustainable peace in the region.

Has the Czech Republic become a US outpost?

a bit out of place, right? it's possible they pressed the wrong button by mistake. Maybe I just need to read more about their views.

Yeah, that's weird with the Czech Republic.

Neither did I know that Canada is a US "nodder".

In reality US and Isreal make sense in here.
The rest, I don't know what do they have to do with the issue.
But I don't know enough about foreign relations and world history.

A main reason is a centre-right government that has distanced itself from the European mainstream on issues ranging from diplomacy and security to economic policy, often siding with Washington rather than fellow EU members.

But history also plays a role. Israel can thank the former Czechoslovakia for gaining the upper hand in the Arab-Israeli War in 1948, when Prague broke a U.N. embargo to send it weapons, including 80 planes, and train pilots including future Israeli President Ezer Weizman, tipping the balance.

"Israel has no better friend in Europe than the Czech Republic", Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu.