Thursday, November 29, 2012

Historic UN Palestine vote: how every nation voted

UN vote by country. Click image to enlarge.
The vote to recognize Palestine as a nonmember observer state was 138 in favor and nine against, with 41 abstentions. Voting no: Israel, the United States, Canada, Czech Republic, Panama and several Pacific island nations which typically rubber-stamp positions aping US/Israel policy: the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru and Palau.
     Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who vowed retaliation if the vote went against Israel, released a statement saying, in part:
The world watched a defamatory and venomous speech that was full of mendacious propaganda against the IDF (army) and the citizens of Israel, the statement said.
     AKSARBENT has located a twitter picture (above) identifying all the votes.

Here is how, according to Reuters, the US and Israel may retaliate against Palestine:
The United States and Israel oppose the Palestinian move, saying direct peace talks are the only way to achieve statehood.
     Israel has threatened the Palestinians with retaliation for seeking a U.N. status upgrade. It has suggested that it could withhold some taxes and customs duties it collects on behalf of the Palestinian Authority.
     But in the wake of the latest Gaza conflict, Israel seems reluctant to reveal itself as diplomatically isolated. It has toned down threats of retaliation in the face of wide international support for the initiative, notably among its European allies.
     Israel may opt for harsh retaliation if the Palestinians file complaints against the Jewish state at the ICC, which U.N. diplomats say is Israel's main concern at the moment.
     The United States has also threatened to withhold financial aid to the Palestinians. If they join any specialized U.N. agencies, Congress will likely seek to cut off U.S. funding to those agencies in accordance with U.S. law.
     The United States, which pays 22 percent of the regular U.N. budget, is the biggest financial contributor to the world body.

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