The hopes of Palestine to end Israel’s occupation of parts of its territory has been dashed after the United Nation’s Security Council voted against a Palestinian resolution demanding to end Israeli occupation within three years.
Palestine had sought the intervention of the UN Security Council to achieve total independence from Israel, but the hopes were quashed when UN voted against the demand. Israel’s closest ally, the United States and other nations urged for a “peaceful resolution” of the crisis at hand. UN convention requires that nine members out of the 15 members of the security council vote for any resolution to make it acceptable, but in this case, Palestinian resolution received eight “yes” votes, two “no” votes, and five nations had given abstentions.
Rather than receive nine “yes” votes to validate its resolution, Palestine got eight, while Nigeria which was believed to support the resolution abstained from voting – only the US and Australia voted “no” against the Palestinian resolution.
According to US Ambassador Samantha Power, “We voted against this resolution not because we are comfortable with the status quo. We voted against it because … peace must come from hard compromises that occur at the negotiating table.” The US maintained that Israel and Palestine should find a way of brokering a peace agreement, and not for Palestine to impose a timetable demanding Israeli withdrawal from the disputed area. MS Power states that the draft resolution was more or less a “staged confrontation that will not bring the parties closer.”
The UN Security Council could use its powers to veto the resolution in favor of Palestine, but only if the votes had garnered the required nine votes for Palestine. “Our effort was a serious effort, genuine effort, to open the door for peace,” said Riyad Mansour, the Palestinian U.N. ambassador. “Unfortunately, the Security Council is not ready to listen to that message.”
Dina Kawar, Jordan’s UN Ambassador and Arab representative on the council maintains that “The fact that this draft resolution was not adopted will not at all prevent us from proceeding to push the international community, specifically the United Nations, towards an effective involvement to achieving a resolution to this conflict.”
The Palestinian are however not losing hopes, because while Mansour states that Palestinian leaders will be meeting Wednesday “and will decide on next steps”, the Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat believes that Palestine can come back to the Security Council soon again because five new member-nations will be joining the Security Council on Thursday – and these are regarded as sympathetic to the Palestinian cause.
But in a case where Palestine gets “no” for an answer again, then it might be forced to join the International Criminal Court where it would then press charges against Israel for war crimes and crimes against humanity.