Just few days ago, some news about Palestine claiming its full national recognition within the United Nation Organisation reached the media. The 15-member Security Council, then, has begun considering this application and decided to meet on Monday (yesterday) and, again, on Wednesday (namely tomorrow, September 28th).
It is not unlikely that this decision-making process will take several weeks to come to an end; likewise it’s pretty evident that there is small room for a full recognition of the Palestinian State. After more than 20 years of peace talks, the Palestinians still seem to have been taken nowhere, though their country actually deserves the member status just like Israel. Riyad Mansour, the Palestinian envoy to the UN, said “We all know this is an exercise in which there will be tremendous pressure by certain number of countries on members of the Security Council. But we trust that we have many friends in the Council.”
In fact, even if this decision seems to be already doomed to a failure, gaining 9 out of 15 votes (the amount needed in order to pass in absence of veto) will represent a great moral victory. No doubt that, if this will happen, the U.S. will use their veto power, facing the risk of fomenting new anti-American protests across the Arab world.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently had a meeting with the Foreign Ministers of Colombia and Lebanon to stress the U.S. position: the membership would complicate all the efforts made to resume direct negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians. These words came not so unexpected, since the United States of America are tightly bound to their Israeli ally. The reasons why a tailor-made State (created by the will of some Western politicians) has the right to be recognised within the U.N. and the Palestinian State, which has constantly been denied an official recognition and blackmailed by both the U.S.A. and some European countries, does not are still unclear.
Even though, in my opinion, no recognition will be allowed to the Palestinians, this request represented another good opportunity to raise the Palestine-Israel pace talks question. However, it would be necessary for the Western media not to keep conveying that Israeli people are those ‘at risk’ and that have always tried to favour the peace process with their Arab neighbours, because they have not. Only a real vision of the situation will help the general opinion understand how things really are in that region and, maybe, for once in many years, the Palestinians will be given some of the respect they deserve.
Eleonora Peruccacci, master in international relations, is an analyst of the Isag