Following a historic United Nations General Assembly vote, which elevated the status of Palestine from ‘observer’ to ‘non-member observer state’ is being considered a breakthrough that the country and its people have been struggling for decades.
The vote implicitly recognizes Palestinian statehood, upgrading the delegation from representing an ‘entity’ to representing a ‘non-member’ state. Statehood is definitely a symbolic victory for the Palestinians, but it would lack any formal recognition of its sovereignty and borders. Acquiring these things from Israel would require direct negotiations even after the non-member statehood endorsement by UNGA.
On the , recognition of Palestine may help the country gain greater support from the international community for the resolution of their issues, but can also increase tensions between the two countries.
Palestinians celebrated the moment of recognition in the streets, sharing photos on Instagram and Twitter. However, reaction on the Twitterverse was not completely in support of the Palestinians.
Here is a look.
it is a done victory, #Palestine is 194 in the UN— Haya H Ashayer (@hayaweb) November 29, 2012
Other supporters were not very optimistic about the decision.
I'll celebrate when Gaza is no longer under siege; when innocent lives aren't taken; when the occupation ends; when Palestine is free.— Azra Siddique (@AzraSiddique) November 29, 2012
The sad thing about the whole Palestine voting issue is that it doesn't change anything. At all.— Julie Sarne (@jrsarne) November 29, 2012
Apart from the Twitterati, the states all over the world expressed either their disagreement or their support for the elevated status of Palestine. Israel and US strongly opposed to the Palestinian’s bid for an observer status at UN.
According to a spokesman for the Israeli prime minister it won’t bring the two people closer. US ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice opposed the decision in her statement said, ‘Today’s unfortunate and counterproductive resolution places further obstacles in the path to peace.’ Germany was also among the states who decided that it won’t back the Palestinian drive for statehood.
However, these states were in a minority. Switzerland, Denmark, Spain, Norway and even United Kingdom joined the list of European countries that backed the status upgrade for Palestinians.
Laurent Fabius, French Foreign Minister, said, ‘That vote will be cast with consistency and lucidity. You know that, for years, the French position has been to recognize a Palestinian state.’
William Hague, British Foreign Secretary, said, ‘There is no question of the United Kingdom voting against the resolution. In order to vote for it, we would need certain assurances or amendments. The first is that the Palestinian Authority should indicate a clear commitment to return immediately to negotiations without preconditions.’