Ambassador To UN Samantha Power Calls For “Hard Choices And Compromises”
On Wednesday, the searing topic of Palestinian’s statehood again suffered a hiccup when America vetoed a draft resolution by the United Nations Security Council on Palestinian statehood which mandated that Israel withdraw from occupied territories. However, even if America would not have vetoed it, the resolution would have fallen one vote short of the 9 it needs to be passed. According to the American Ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power, peace between Israel and Palestinian can come only through “hard choices and compromises” and a resolution would not help achieve that.
United Nation Council Criticized By Riyad Mansour
After the decision was taken by the UN, Riyad Mansour, who is the Palestinian representative at the United Nation said, “The Security Council has once again failed to uphold its charter duties to address these crises and to meaningfully contribute to a peaceful and lasting solution in accordance with its own resolutions.” In spite of the tirade, America stood by the decision and said that though both the countries were going through hardship and suffering, only face to face negotiations could bring about a turnaround solution to the decades-old problem.
Benjamin Netanyahu Thanks Supporting Nations
After the result was announced, a visibly relieved Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu praised America and Australia for voting against the measure, and Nigeria and Rwanda for abstaining from the vote. They were 2 of the 5 countries that abstained. If the resolution was passed then Israeli would have been forced to pull out of the West Bank and Gaza by 2017. They would have had to push back to their pre-1967 war border, and would have been forced to hold peace talks with Palestine.