Israel fears future Palestinian demands – video

PressTV –  Sat Sep 17, 2011 7:38AM GMT
Interview with Khalil Jahshan, National Association of Arab Americans

Israel is worried about the upcoming UN bid for an independent Palestinian state and the effect this might have on its occupation and settlement expansion.


Press TV talks with Khalil Jahshan, with the National Association of Arab Americans in Washington, about the pursuit of UN recognition by the Palestinian Authority. Following is a transcript of the interview.

Press TV: Considering the comments by Hamas – What risks does a UN membership carry?

Jahshan: There is no doubt that every political move has some kind of risk so in that sense Hamas is correct. But the risks involved in going to the UN definitely are a lot less than first of all maintaining the status quo and less than basically doing nothing.

There is no peace negotiations going on and for the Palestinian side to remain quiet at this time would not serve the Palestinian national interests.

The concern to most Palestinians particularly those in the Diaspora is – What would the conditions be for the Palestinians to receive some kind of recognition be it as a full state or non-state member in the UN? – for fear that that might involve some compromise regarding some of the Palestinian constants including the Palestinian position on refugees.

Press TV: Speaking which – Could a recognition force Israel into accepting a two state solution creating parity with Israel in any future negotiations?

Jahshan: I think a resolution is like many other resolutions at least 4 or 5 dozen resolutions that have been passed in favor of the Palestinian rights in Palestine that Israel has never adhered to and never fulfilled.

So the fact that you have another resolution added to that is not necessarily going to change the circumstances on the ground in Palestine next week or the week after.

But the concern we have seen from Israel and from the US and from others who accept the Israeli rationale for being against the Palestinians going to the UN cannot justify this step in the sense that they fear the Palestinian recognition will somehow change the term of reference for future negotiations.

If the Palestinians become a state or become recognized as a state at the UN then they might pursue means other than the conventional means we have seen in the past for negotiating with Israel.

That will include, for example, going to the UN and basically asking for the dismantling of settlements; for the dismantling of occupation because no member state should occupy the country of another member state; going to the International Court of Justice basically to complain about Israeli excesses and violations of human rights in the occupied territories.

So all these are venues that the Palestinians have never pursued in the past and that is why Israel is very nervous and it doesn’t want the Palestinians to have a new card and a winning card at that.

Press TV: Hamas is slamming the move as unilateral; Abbas is pushing for UN recognition; and the US is already threatening to veto the move – Where does this leave the question of Palestine?

Jahshan: It leaves it where we are going to see it on Monday – on the agenda in New York at the UN. A majority of the member states will support some sort of recognition beyond the present recognition of observer status for the PLO at the UN.

Then we have a variety of scenarios that are possible- whether the US will veto it or simply delay… Personally I’m not sure if the US will actually resort to a veto – most probably it will pressure the Security Council not to reach an immediate decision on the Palestinian request once it’s delivered by the secretary general to the UN Security Council.

They will attempt to delay and delay to avoid the punishment – the price the US will pay in terms of loss of credibility should it basically oppose the will of the international community in regards to this.

Hamas is basically protecting its own turf saying it was not consulted even though they have given the same green light to the Palestinian leadership to proceed with this step, but they’re saying should it fail we can then claim that we did not endorse it so you can’t blame us for that potential failure in the future.




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