Gaza mortar shells target Israeli forces searching for Hamas tunnels; Israel responds with airstrike, tank fire and declares border area a closed military zone; Hamas evacuates two schools as a precautionary measure.21:44 04.05.16 | 4 comments
It's hardly "touch and go" whether the Security Council will approve of a Palestinian state. At present, they're still scrambling to gather 9 votes. If the vote is delayed until after January 1, 2012, the Palestinians have even less chance of garnering 9 votes in the SC due to the loss of Brazil, Lebanon and Nigeria. Objectively, the PA doesn't meet the criteria for statehood, since it has no elected, functioning government over its entirety (one of the core criteria for statehood), nor does it have defined borders--the 1949 lines are merely cease-fire lines and cannot be considered defined borders (another core criterion for statehood). The best way for the Palestinians to go is the Quartet Plan without preconditions--or, if the PA insists on preconditions, it must accept Israeli preconditions tit-for-tat, that is one Israeli condition for one Palestinian condition. UNSCR 194 and 242 require negotiated borders, not borders imposed by either side. Lastly, being a member state of the ICC opens the PA up to being held to account for its crimes, too. Remember that every rocket, every mortar shell and every bombing, real or attempted is a Crime Against Humanity. That would mean that the PA could be held to account for over 10,000 individual counts of Crimes Against Humanity. Does the PA really want to go down that road?