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As the Palestinians try to maneuver a unilateral declaration of statehood by the United Nations in September, most commentators say that such a bid won’t be possible without the approval of the U.N. Security Council where the United States is certain to exercise its veto, according to a report from Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
But will it?
Even Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that while Israel cannot stop the U.N. General Assembly from recognizing a Palestinian state, he said that “it is impossible to recognize a Palestinian state without passing through the Security Council and such a move is bound to fail.”
“No one has the power to stop the decision to recognize a Palestinian state in the U.N. General Assembly in September,” he said. “It can also be possible to make the decision there that the world is flat.”
Joseph Deiss, president of the U.N. General Assembly, claimed there was no way that a Palestinian state could become a member of the U.N. without the recommendation of the Security Council.
Indeed, Chapter II, Article 4 of the U.N. Charter states, “The admission of any such state to membership in the United Nations will be effected by a decision of the General Assembly upon the recommendation of the Security Council.”
However, there may be a loophole.
Arab diplomats suggest it would be possible for the Palestinians to do an end run around the U.N. Security Council altogether and obtain approval in the 192-nation General Assembly.
Deiss conceded that if a large number of member states who recognize Palestinian statehood “and in addition in our General Assembly resolution of 1947, it’s already said that there should be an Arab state or a Palestinian state – these are elements that you have to take into consideration.
“It’s really up to the member states to make this decision and the rules are given,” he added.
According to Egypt’s U.N. Ambassador, Maged Abdelaziz, some 112 nations recognize a sovereign Palestinian state. He expects more to do the same thing in the next few months.
An effort is under way to invoke General Assembly Resolution 377 A (V), called “Uniting for Peace.” For this provision to go into effect, the Palestinians would need to find a two-thirds’ majority of the 192 members, or 128 countries.
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