Just last week, on November 29th, 2012, the General Assembly of the United Nations voted overwhelmingly to recognize a Palestinian state and grant it non-member observer UN status.
This, of course, is not the first time that a Palestinian Arab state has been proposed and it probably won’t be the last, for the UN vote was largely symbolic, at least as things stand today. But this hasn’t done a thing to dampen the hopes of the Palestinian Arabs, who have been celebrating non-stop since. Bibi Netanyahu’s ultra-conservative, ultra-nationalistic government responded to this overwhelming international sentiment by further punishing the Palestinian Authority by withholding tax revenue and expanding construction projects in provisionally Palestinian territory — this due solely to the Palestinian Authority launching the UN bid for recognition.
This UN vote will not change anything on the ground; Netanyahu is still behaving recklessly and Palestinian factions continue to fight fiercely among themselves. And, after sixty four years, these issues will not simply disappear overnight — but this vote and international reaction to it, especially on the part of Israel’s traditional allies, might well help push Israel’s government toward the more moderate position it last had before Israel’s last leader with peace as his goal, Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, was assassinated by an ultra-right-wing Israeli group. With any luck at all this international reaction will help push the reckless and haughty Bibi Netanyahu and the Likud Party into retirement.
Art-itorial by Barbara Broido. Visit Barbara’s Doodle Blog for more of her art, design work and socio-political commentary.