Ostensibly, Palestinians think they have a right to celebrate because the UN endorsed the idea of an independent Palestine, ‘giving sweeping international backing to their demands for sovereignty over lands Israel occupied in 1967.’ While we’re happy Palestinians have some sense of optimism about that prospect the truth is the present Israeli government as well as the American one have no intentions of honoring that worldwide consensus and have even begun to scuttle it with the announcement of even more settlements in the ‘occupied territories’…..which have now become known as ‘disputed territories’ as if ownership was ever in doubt.
There is no mystery to the Palestinian/Israeli conflict; it is not some complicated, alien entanglement whose answer lies in an esoteric application of laws, resolutions and formulae. The solution boils down to the willingness of an Israeli government to honor international law and UN resolutions or have the international community impose its will upon the Israelis even up to and including the imposition it made upon the likes of Saddam Hussein and the Taliban. Obviously, the former is preferred.
If you want to know another perspective about this conflict, Miko Peled a veteran of the Israeli Defense Force and son of zionism who recognizes the perils of the Israeli position had an hours long lecture on the topic, an excerpt of which appears below.
- Israel to build new Jewish settlement homes after UN Palestine vote (guardian.co.uk)
- Israel Plays Down Significance of Palestinians’ U.N. Bid (nytimes.com)
- UN defies US to recognise sovereign state of Palestine (independent.ie)