The 68th United Nation General Assembly has adopted a resolution declaring 2014 as the International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, a move which will undoubtedly cause a few more restless nights for Israeli officials. However, it is hardly surprising, considering that Israel has been showing a blatant disregard for the peace process in the region.
The resolution also called for all efforts to promote the indisputable rights of the Palestinian people, including their right to self-determination. It also urged backing the Middle East peace process and international support for the Palestinian people.
On Monday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke of the UN’s solidarity with the Palestinian people saying, “We cannot afford to lose the current moment of opportunity,” Ban Ki-moon said in a message read on his behalf. “The goal remains clear – an end to the occupation that started in 1967 and the creation of a sovereign, independent, and viable State of Palestine based on the 1967 borders, living side by side in peace with a secure State of Israel.”
There is growing sympathy for the Palestinian cause and many have blamed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the change in sentiment. His predecessor Ehud Olmert is known to have said that Netanyahu was "not dedicated to the pursuit of peace in a realistic way".
With the support for Palestine on the rise, it might even find its way to the International Criminal Court (ICC). Such an event would allow its people a solid legal basis to pursue possible war-crimes convictions against Israel and its military.
Who knows? Perhaps Palestine could become full member of the UN One day, against all the odds.