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UN general assembly calls on Security Council to admit Palestine as member

๐ŸŒˆ Abstract

The article discusses the United Nations General Assembly's call for the UN Security Council to admit Palestine as a member state.

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[01] UN General Assembly's Call for Palestine Membership

1. What did the UN General Assembly do regarding Palestine's membership?

  • The UN General Assembly has enhanced Palestine's rights within the organization and called for it to be accepted as a member.
  • Palestine currently has non-member observer state status since 2012, which allows some rights short of a full member.
  • The General Assembly's vote can be seen as a gesture of support for the Palestinians, even though membership can only be decided by the UN Security Council.

2. How did the Palestinian and Israeli representatives respond to the resolution?

  • Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas welcomed the resolution, saying it supported Palestinian efforts for another vote on the issue by the Security Council.
  • Israel's ambassador to the UN, Gilad Erdan, said the body had welcomed a "terror state" into its ranks and accused members of having metaphorically shredded the UN Charter by passing the resolution.

3. What is the current status of Palestinian statehood recognition?

  • In 1988, the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) first declared the establishment of the State of Palestine.
  • According to Reuters, Palestinian statehood has been recognized by 139 out of 193 UN member states, although this is largely seen as symbolic.
  • In practice, the Palestinians have limited self-government through the Palestinian Authority (PA) in parts of the Israeli-occupied West Bank, while the PA lost control of the Gaza Strip to Hamas in 2007.
  • Israel does not recognize Palestinian statehood and the current Israeli government opposes the creation of a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza.

4. What is the US position on Palestinian statehood?

  • The US endorses the creation of an independent Palestinian state alongside Israel (the two-state solution), but says such a state should only come through direct negotiations between the two sides.
  • The US recently vetoed a bid for Palestine's full UN membership, which the General Assembly's resolution can be seen as a response to.

[02] European Countries' Plans to Recognize Palestinian Statehood

1. What are the reported plans of several European countries regarding Palestinian statehood recognition?

  • According to EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell, Spain will recognize a Palestinian state on May 21, and Ireland, Slovenia and Malta will also take this step, though the exact date is not confirmed.
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