UN Palestine vote unlikely to change US ops

UN Palestine vote unlikely to change US ops

The United Nation’s lopsided vote upgrading the status of the Palestinian Authority from “observer entity” to “nonmember state” was a defeat for U.S. influence at the world body but carries little consequences for American military operations overseas, experts say.

The immediate consequences are more likely to be felt by the Palestinians than anyone else, evidenced by Israel’s overnight decision to build 3,000 new homes on Palestinian territory and the U.S. Senate’s predictable threat to cut off financial aid to the Palestinian Authority.

As for Israel, it could possibly find itself in the International Criminal Court answering to war crime charges by Palestinians if the Palestinian leadership is able to leverage its new status into ICC membership.

But in terms of the U.S., which has personnel and assets throughout the Middle East and a still-hot shooting war in Afghanistan, the UN’s vote will not change much, said Stephen Walt, a professor and head of Harvard University’s International Security Program.

“The UN vote will have few if any direct effects on U.S. military deployments in the region,” Walt said in an email to Military​.com. “Events in Afghanistan will drive our presence there, not a UN vote on Palestine, and our opposition to the UN resolution didn’t surprise anyone.”

That was generally the statement of other experts contacted by Military​.com, including Brett Schaefer, a fellow in international regulatory affairs at The Heritage Association’s Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom.

When it comes to the day-to-day, Schaefer said he expects American military operations or missions to remain status quo.

“I think the U.S. position on this issue is well understood [across the region]. I don’t know if the vote yesterday is going to shift positions one way or the other,” he said.

Thursday’s vote ended in a 138 to 9 landslide victory for the Palestinian Authority, with only Israel, the U.S., Canada, Czech Republic, Panama, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru and Palau voting no. France, Spain, Sweden and Denmark joined other European countries in favoring nonmember state status. Germany, with its understandably complicated relationship with Israel, joined 40 other countries in abstaining.

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak told reporters at the Pentagon yesterday shortly before the vote that it was likely to be an “impressive” victory for the Palestinians. But he played down any adverse impact on Israel, a marked contrast to comments recently made by other Israeli cabinet ministers, who called the UN move “a strategic threat” and “political terrorism.”

“Some people are concerned that once [Palestinians] are a non-member state they will try to go to the ICC,” Barak said, referring to the International Criminal Court. “I don’t think that [non-member status] will have a huge influence or a major import on any issue, but probably somewhere in the future they will probably try to raise issues from the past and go the HRC [Human Rights Commission] or some other organs.”

Barak said that would not help resolve the longtime conflict and is more likely to make things worse.

“I think the most important need is to open [negotiations]. Even if can’t agree on a fully-fledged peace, probably we accomplish something which is better than the status quo,” he said, or what could result by not doing anything.

Doug Bandow, a senior fellow with the Cato Institute in Washington, said the UN vote – though largely symbolic – does strengthen the hand of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, whose authority has been undermined by Israel’s settlement building.

“The UN gambit primarily has been an attempt by Mahmoud Abbas and Fatah [the party he leads] to demonstrate something for their people, since they have cooperated with Israel and essentially gotten nothing, at least nothing obvious to West Bank residents,” Bandow said in an email Friday. “Indeed, Israel just announced approval for more settlements.  I don’t think the UN action will do much.”

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If Obama has not understood the end game of the Jewish State, he should be living in the wonder land. Israel has been born on the looted land, survived looting Palestinians lives, homeland, shelter, water and even olive trees. But sadly, President Obama is closing his eyes towards the atrocities and barbarism of Israel and still ranting his mantra that he will provide everything what Jewish State want with a request or dictate. It was a shameful scene in the U.N. General Assembly, when the USA cast her Against vote along with 7 of their smallest puppets and PA received 138 Yes votes from the other civilized nations. How much deep we will bury our head ignoring the voice of humanity, justice, fairness and reality? Israel has nothing to lose but we are losing our morality, compassion, fairness and prestige in the world.


Strange seem show how much money European money can buy. At the UN 1st backing Islamist to take over Syria and make it a Al Qaeda training camp 2.0 and no stabbing in the back the only true ally in the Middle East. Show how much this world is screwed up.

Hamas on their way to statehood. Thanks to the corrupt U.N.

Did you have history lessons at school?

We needed a story to know this? It’s common sense.

We have a long history of sheltering war ciminals so a few more Israelis war ciminals won’t make much difference.

Our military operations wont change because we’ve made ourself irrelavat in the middle east. Our military is on the run from two defeats and whenever Clinton shows up to negotiate with the Egyptians they say why is the lacky here get the boss on the phone — call bibi.

We need the UN reform bill that was being brought to congress earlier this year or maybe late last year. We should only provide funding for the things that we participate in. We would be better off renting that building out privately, making some money rather than letting the UN use it where diplomats whom may be enemies come to New York and act a fool with no legal consequence due to the immunity they enjoy. I bet if we had reformed the way we work with the UN, countries like Iran would not be on their human rights council.

Go away Oblat. How many times do they need to.ban your useless trolling carcass?

You mean we should’nt created an entity as powerful as the Security Council and then stacked it with “Friends” like the USSR and the PRC? Just in time for the Cold War…

You are so right — Someboy out there in the USA should get it head read, for them it is political self interest. Israel sweeps all the disapprovals, whether justified or unjustified, underneath the same anti-Semitic carpet, while the rest of the world is repeatedly mixing up justified criticism with anti-Semitism, and while there are to my knowledge no other colonialists left in the world, other than this so called “only democracy in the middle east”, we are still putting up with all this. This plague-spot of civilization should to be close down with the same speed that it was created. How passionately I hate what they are doing. There is no nation other than Israel in the Western world, from which the international community has been willing to put up with actions of government violence for over five decades. There are tough decisions to be made, without having to confront the situation by might, and hope it will soon be over, it cannot go on much longer like this.

Americas guilt for the holocaust runs deep. There is a reason why every Israeli premier visits the holocaust museum on the mall. To remind Americans that they have not yet repaid thier debt.

The US taxpayer needs to stop footing the bill for Israel’s self-defeating policies.

How degrading to“Trolls” the nodble and hard working race


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