By OLUSEGUN OGOLO
Last night, at about 10.30pm (Nigerian time) I watched on Al-Jazeera live, voting by the united nations General assembly to recognize the state of Palestine.
A Palestinian girl waves a flag during a rally supporting the Palestinian U.N. bid for observer state status, in the West bank city of Ramallah, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012. The Palestinians are certain to win …
The results are as follows:
Although the result does not grant independence to palestine,” the vote grants Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas an overwhelming international endorsement for his key position: establishment of a Palestinian state in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem, the territories captured by Israel in the 1967 Mideast war. ”
A close look at the result shows that: the “NO” voters were United States, Israel Canada, the Czech Republic, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau and Panama while France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden and Ireland, as well as Japan and New Zealand received Palestinian support. Germany and Britain were among the many Western nations that abstained.
In response to the result, Susan Rice the US Ambassador to the United nations lunched a tirade, calling the vote “unfortunate and counterproductive”.
Susan Rice’s speech makes a mockery of the democratic process because voting on this issue at the General Assembly was free and fair.A voting result of 138 to 9 requires one simple statement:CONGRATULATIONS,in this instance to Mahmoud Abass and the Palestinian people
Of the 193 members of the General assembly,132 already recognise Palestine as state.
Yesterdays vote came on the 65th anniversary of a similar vote by the UN General Assembly to ” dividePalestine into two states, one for Jews and one for Arabs. Israel became a state but the Palestinians rejected the partition plan, and decades of tension and violence have followed. ”