Palestinians ready for statehood - UN

2011-07-26 22:36

New York - The Palestinian Authority is ready to govern a nation but deadlock with Israel has made a two-state solution far from certain, the UN special envoy for the Middle East peace process said on Tuesday.

Peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians have been on hold for 10 months. They broke down shortly after Washington relaunched the first direct negotiations between the two sides for nearly two years.

"The Palestinian Authority is ready to assume the responsibilities of statehood at any point in the near future," Robert Serry said in a briefing to the UN Security Council.

But he warned that without a "credible political path forward", the "viability of the Palestinian Authority and its state building agenda - and, I fear, of the two-state solution itself - cannot be taken for granted".

He called the deadlock between the two sides "profound and persistent".

The peace talks ground to a halt in September last year when Israel's partial freeze on settlement construction expired and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declined to renew it.

The Palestinians say they will not hold talks while Israel builds on land they want for a future state, while Netanyahu blames the Palestinians for the stalemate.

Deadline for statehood

The Palestinian Authority has set itself a September 2011 deadline to be ready for statehood, with the hope of pressuring Israel and the international community to recognise a Palestinian state.

Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmud Abbas said on Saturday that the Palestinians' bid to win UN backing for statehood was forced upon them by Israel's refusal to halt settlement building and end its occupation.

"We are going to the United Nations because we are forced to - it is not a unilateral action," he said in Istanbul.

But Israel's ambassador to the UN, Ron Prosor, countered: "Let me state clearly - unilateral actions will not bring peace to our region."

He added: "Like a false idol, the Palestinian initiatives at the United Nations may be superficially attractive to some. Yet, they distract from the true path to peace."

Palestinian efforts to secure UN backing for statehood could run up against US opposition.

The United States, a permanent veto-wielding member of the Security Council, could block a council recommendation that would be needed to put the issue before the UN General Assembly in September.

  • j4truth - 2011-07-26 23:13

    Palestinians have no claim to land or 'statehood' in Israel. Palestinians were only called such in 1966! They were migrant workers who came into Palestine in 1940s from Egypt /Jordan / Syria and must go back there! They already have their statehood in those countries. If the UN, USA, EU or anyone try divide Israel - they will get swift judgement and destruction from God, because it is forbidden in JOEL 2 in the Bible. HEAR A CLEAR WARNING!!!

      Phantom - 2011-07-27 00:25

      Yes, this will be a dangerous move.

      W H Kotze - 2011-07-27 08:29

      Familiar story, and you make a good point. Why seperate states? Whats good for the goose is good for the gander: the Jews can get Roelfie Meyer to negotiate a constitution and the entire former British mandate territory can be a unitary state. Another rainbow nation paradise on earth!

      za101 - 2011-07-27 09:11

      sign the petition for palestinian state at

      catter54 - 2011-07-27 09:27

      I wonder what happens with all settlers who came to South Africa. Do they now have no claim to citizenship in South Africa????????

      Monacoroyals - 2011-07-27 09:48

      za101 There is no need for a petition. All they have to do is accept Israel; Israel will in tern accept Palestine. Your petition might as well be for the destruction of Israel and the murder of all Jews... wait... where did I read that before... o yes, the Charter of Hamas! Just go google the Charter… No wonder there is no peace... Palestinians don’t want peace - they want Israel destroyed.

      WATCHMAN - 2011-07-27 11:10

      It is not negotiable. This is a hot potato and the potato is about to get hotter, because God is going to judge any nation that attempts to divide Israel. God has said that His covenant with Israel is everlasting and that is a said and done deal, as long as the sun, the moon and stars exist, so will Israel!! Viva ISRAEL.

      Rick James - 2011-08-02 13:21

      1st off all are white people not settlers in South Africa @ Catter54 you dumb F..... . Hitler should have finised what he started.

      Basheer - 2011-08-03 14:53 are far off the truth. Palestinians are the natives of the land and Europe imposed the zionist jews on them because they did not want them in Europe. Go back and study your history instead of spewing unthruths and displaying your ignorance!!!

  • Arno Young - 2011-07-26 23:17

    "The peace talks ground to a halt in September last year when Israel's partial freeze on settlement construction expired and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declined to renew it." Freezing construction indefinitely was never a condition for resuming talks. The building freeze was the gesture the PA required in which the Israelis obliged. After the agreed upon freeze expired the PA instead of honouring the gesture made by the Israelis, moved the goal post, and said they will not resume talks unless the freeze continues. A classic example of the PA's commitment to peace.

      za101 - 2011-07-27 09:13

      its like np putting a freeze on group areas act. no arabs or muslims can live in settlements. settlements are israels group areas

      za101 - 2011-07-27 09:21

      The Palestinians were ready to give israel full control of jerusalam when livni was PM but she said no Israel wants all the land where muslims are living on. Israel gov is not commited to peace. Israel's idea of Peace Plan is similar to Bantustan Plans by NP. It is a smokescreen. My channeling America's effort into this "'peace plan', Israel will continue to expel arabs and muslims from israel, build settlements in the west bank., and steal more land. Arno Young, you are just like the people who supported apartheid in the past.

      GonnyVonYuri - 2011-07-27 09:22

      Just like non-muslims are not allowed into MECCA or MEDINA in Saudi Arabia and non-muslims NOT ALLOWED to openly worship to their god of choice of build churches/synagogues/temples! The biggest apartheid state is Saudi Arabia! Google it people if you dont believe me.

      Zionist - 2011-07-27 10:06

      za101 Settlements are a collection of families... not a government project. Those families can choose their neighbours... not the government. Furthermore show me a Palestinians that prefers to live in a settlement rather than their respective city or village? The only group areas act in the area is in Gaza, where people who oppose Hamas's ideology are not only not able to live there, but also not given the chance to stay alive either. The Palestinians were not ready to give anything to Israel - negotiations broke down because Hamas would not let the Palestinian authority conclude a peace treaty with Israel. Israel was never to blame for the lack of peace. to blame is Hamas' religious fundamentalist ideals. Israel does not want land where Muslims are living on, which is why land swops were agreed upon between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Israel has had many different Governments in the last 60 odd years - who all won their respective elections with the promise of "peace with the Palestinians" Problems is, the Palestinians do not want peace - and Israel can not force them to a peace process either. Israel does/did not expel Arabs - they never have! Arabs that left in 1948 were told to do so by the Arab world, before the war, so they could wipe out the Jews with no Arabs standing in the way – luckily the Arabs lost that war, and all others that followed.. Now that we got all your lies and anti-Israel propaganda cleared, we can discuss a way forward...

  • Jaimo - 2011-07-26 23:19

    The whole of the so called Palestinian cause is based on a blatant LIE ! Don't mess with Israel!

      BrassCopper - 2011-07-27 08:12

      kubs There will for sure be fire & burning… But it will be the burning of the Palestinian dream – self destruction. Declaring a state... on another... in a one sided move... spells disaster. This act will open the door for the Israeli’s to take any action they desire to protect their borders. Soon all the Palestinians will be moving back to Jordan - where the true Palestinian country is.

  • Zionist - 2011-07-27 07:55

    Ok… fine… declare a state without an agreement with us. So.. What do your borders look like exactly? Remember – if you declare your capital city on top of our capital city Jerusalem (5000 year old capital) we will read this as an act of war. The racist world may support your violent conduct – but they will not support you in a war against us, only you will lose. Palestinians can not afford a war, yet you refuse to have peace. The world is as much to blame for the approaching catastrophe… letting you think you can declare a state without agreements… This declaration will mean the end of Oslo (no pun intended) agreements and a declaration of war. One thing is for sure – your true colours are being portrayed now – as peace with Israel was NEVER the intention of the Palestinian leadership. Their intention was only war, destruction, death and buying time to get world sympathies for the final fight. Life is a journey – njoy your fast ride into the wall.

      Zionist - 2011-07-27 08:32

      kubs... Your blind hate... is sending you on a disastrous spin. Your hate is indirectly the biggest threat to the Palestinian aspiration – a home land. Your hate will lead you no where. Today Israel is one of the strongest and advanced countries in the world. And on your topic of sending us back to the gas chamber… Israel is Strong – Strong enough to keep the promise of never again! Never again will this world see the use of gas chambers or the like. This vow and guarantee is for all Human beings... If ANY country constructs mass murder methods - Israel will be the first one there to destroy it. They would even save you... trust. If only the Palestinians chose the path of peace – Israel/Palestine would be one of the greatest success stories of this world… but regrettably they are blinded by religious hate…

      kubs - 2011-07-27 08:51

      If someone hijacks ur car and then comes to u the next day and says.. I stole ur car.I am gonna keep ur car.I will drive it past u everyday. You just have to accept it. If u dont u can speak to my can we be friends?....thats Israel for u...Tutu,Mandela, many other Nobel peace prize winners all condemn I guess they evil too right?

      za101 - 2011-07-27 09:14

      east jerusalam is palestinian

      GonnyVonYuri - 2011-07-27 09:25

      kubs - islam is only 1400 years old - judaism is 5000 years old! Who stole whose car now! The new kid on the block who flew on a bird to jerusalem?

      W H Kotze - 2011-07-27 12:55

      Didn't the UN draw the borders in 1948? Seems pretty clear cut, unless of course they need some more land to settle even more European immigrants...

      Monacoroyals - 2011-07-27 13:32

      no part of Jerusalem is Palestinian... Never was never will be. The West bank & Gaza yes - but not Israel’s' capital city. If they want it then they can continue to 'suffer'

      RebeccaJ - 2011-08-16 18:02

      to W H Kotze - yep the UN drew a suggestion of the border in 1948, and there was NO Palestine. Jordan had most of the west bank, and Jerusalem was an international city, which Jordan promptly annexed. Read history before you make a fool of yourself.

  • Horst - 2011-07-27 08:53

    I am afraid this is not a solution to the problem, it only hardens attitudes and could well lead to full scale war. It requires some statesmanship and tolerance from both sides, Israel has to get rid of this idea that god gave them all the land and the Palestinians must accept Israels right to exist. Perhaps adopting the Swiss system for the whole of Israel/Palestine would be a way forward.

      za101 - 2011-07-27 09:16

      the same thing was said when blacks burned their passbooks at sharpville and children marched in soweto. they said that this is not the solution

      GonnyVonYuri - 2011-07-27 09:26

      za101 - who said "its not the solution to the problem?" dont make up stories to defend the fakeisitinians.

      Monacoroyals - 2011-07-27 09:44

      There is only one solution: Palestinians must accept Israel for who they are: a peaceful, democratic home of the Jews. Intern Israel will accept Palestine as the home of the Palestinians. However - the Palestinians will nor have ever accepted Israel, They have forever tried to destroy it with the help of the Arab block in the United Nations, and as such do not deserve my sympathy. Palestinian suffering is self inflicted.... and that is the sad truth.

  • Phantom - 2011-07-27 10:05

    A Palestinian state will not satisfy the Palestinians/Arab states. Their ultimate goal is the destruction of Israel. However, rest assured, Israel will not be destroyed. The destruction they plan against Israel, will backfire on them.

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