Israel's Foreign Ministry ordered to 'reassess' EU involvement with Palestinians after decision to label West Bank goods; 'decision is almost completely devoid of any real significance,' official says.23:15 29.11.15 | 10 comments
The current and previous Emergency Sessions of the General Assembly were triggered when the US vetoed sanctions against Israel in the Security Council. The US has been condemned in the past for that behavior and for selling arms to Israel. The time has long-since passed for the GA to request an advisory opinion on the legal consequences for states that illegally interfere with the internal and external relations of the 100 plus countries that already recognize the State of Palestine and the status and role of the US in vetoing Palestinian statehood in violation of UN GA resolutions which have stipulated that the Palestinians have the right of self-determination, including the right to a State, which is not subject to any veto due to the peace process. See operative paragraphs 1&2 of A/RES/55/87, 21 February 2001. See http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/RES/55/87 That particular decision was adopted by two-thirds of the members present. The recorded vote was: Yes: 170, No: 2, Abstentions: 5 Just to keep the record straight, the President has the constitutional authority to conclude international agreements related to recognition without authorization from Congress or consent of the Senate. See United States v Belmont, 301, US 324, 57 S Ct. 758, 81 L.Ed. 1134 (1937); or §204 “Recognition and Maintaining Diplomatic Relations: Law of the United States”, Volume 1, page 89; and §303 Reporters Note 11 “Sole Executive Agreements”, Volume 1, page 167, in “The Restatement of the Law (Third) of the Foreign Relations Law of the United States”, American Law Institute, 1986, ISBN 0314301380.