Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ request for the Palestinian Authority’s recognition as a non-member observer state to the United Nations is now under from Israel. Israel threatened that if Palestine does become an observer state, it would withhold the taxes paid by Palestinians to Israel in which a percentage is given to the Palestinian Authority.
The United States, who had promised an instant veto upon the proposal of the West Bank Palestinian Authority, and Israel, fear that Palestine is trying to create a state without negotiating or consulting Israel. For years, the two countries have fought against each other for the proper distribution of land split between the two of them. Director of Public Affairs at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies David Weinberg said that Israel is trying to achieve statehood without making peace with Israel.
He observes that if the bill does push through, it would cause problems with Israel. Now on the defensive after the Gaza attack, it would defend all of its positions and will take actions against Abbas’ authority, preventing a peaceful resolution to the conflict.
However, Hanan Ashrawi, a senior official of the Palestine Liberation Organization, sees that if Palestine will upgrade its status in the United Nations to a non-member state will indeed improve their statehood and determination.
Professor of Political Science Samir Awad of Birzeit University in the West bank states that the latest move of Palestine’s Abbas is a “protection of image” as it would give Palestine more bargaining power against Israel. Hamas’ rocket attacks to Israel “damaged” the image of Abbas, which emboldened the Hamas consequently.