Desperate Abbas Celebrates at UN

The Fellowship  |  January 16, 2019

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres (L) speaks with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas during a meeting of the United Nations Group of 77 and China January 15, 2019 at the United Nations in New York. - The event marked the state of Palestine taking over the chair of the G77 and China. (Photo by Don EMMERT / AFP) (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

In yesterday’s Daily Dispatch, Stand for Israel told you that the Palestinians are taking over the largest bloc at the United Nations, a troubling development for those who stand for Israel and against those who would see her destroyed. But, JNS’ Israel Kasnett writes, while it may appear that the Palestinians are nearing their dream of achieving U.N. membership, the likelihood of that happening remains slim:

Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas is in New York City to witness the Palestinian Mission as it takes over leadership of the G77 bloc. While there, he will likely push the Palestinian agenda and lobby for full membership to the United Nations. Were he to succeed, U.S. law prohibits funding U.N.-affiliated organizations that accept the P.A. as a member state, and the United States would therefore be required to cut all funding of the United Nations.

Fortunately, that won’t happen…

Eugene Kontorovich, head of the International Law Department at the Kohelet Policy Forum, told JNS, “They’re not going to join the U.N. If they do, U.S. statutes would require the United States completely defund the United Nations, which would be a big deal if that happens.”

Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon said, “The Palestinians sign checks for terrorists and at the same time try to get into the U.N. We exposed the hypocrisy of the Palestinians. They continue to pay terrorists every month, and to encourage violence and incitement against Israel; therefore, they are very far from meeting the definition of a ‘peace-loving’ state. The P.A. continues to error in its attempt to establish facts on the ground through unilateral moves while it has not abandoned the path of terror.”

At the same time, an upgrade to full membership at the world body for the Palestinians would require support from the Security Council, where the United States holds veto power…

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