The UN cannot "create" states. - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Jake
    • 28.11.12 | 19:49 (IST)

    Rather than appealing to empty polemics and histrionics, try reading up on some actual history. No doubt, the palestinians would love to book a first class luxury cabin on a ship that sailed 65 years ago. But that's not how the world works. 1. The Partition Plan was a non-binding General Assembly resolution (181) which did not purport to establish any countries or borders, hence the repeated use of terms like "recommends" and "recommendation". 2. In 1947, the Arabs rejected partition and the 2 state solution, and the Brits declared it unworkable and refused to cooperate with the UN in implementing partition. The UN commitee which had been appointed for implementing partition disbanded and returned home. 3. The Jewish Agency for Palestine accepted the Partition Plan in 1947. However, after Israel's declaration of independence, and in light of the war of annihilation waged by the Arabs against the nascent Jewish State, and Israel's victory in that war, the Israeli government and Knesset never adopted the 1947 Partition Plan as part of Israel's legal code. 4. The UN Security Council refused to adopt the Partition Plan, and instead pased UN Res. 44, instructing General Assembly to go back and reconsider the question of the future government of Palestine. The General Assembly appointed a mediator, who came up with fresh proposals, but these came to nought. 5. When the General Assembly ultimately granted Israel UN membership, it passed UNGA Res 273, which does not expressly state any conditionality, referring only in neutral language ("taking note") to Israeli "declarations and explanations", records of which reveal that Israel did not commit itself to any specific action or time frame for implementing Res. 181 (the partition plan) and 194. 6. The 1949 ceasefire lines, AKA the Green Line, do not constitute legally recognized international borders. Why? Because when the 1949 armistice agreements were drafted and signed between the Arabs and Israelis, the Arab side requested that the documents explicitly state that the ceasefire lines would NOT be regarded as international boundaries. That's what the parties signed, and that's what the world observed and accepted.

    from the article: Israel’s motto on Palestinian UN bid: Speak loudly, but carry a small stick
    First published 13:47 28.11.12 | Last updated 13:47 28.11.12
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