The United Nations vote on the Israeli occupation is a victory
Palestinians welcomed the vote by the United Nations General Assembly on Saturday to ask the International Court of Justice for an opinion on the legal consequences of Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories.
The Hague-based International Court of Justice, also known as the World Court, is the United Nations’ highest court dealing with disputes between states. Its provisions are binding, although it has no authority to enforce them.
But Friday’s vote poses a challenge for Israeli Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu, who on Thursday took over as head of a far-right government affiliated with parties pro-annexing the occupied West Bank.
“It’s time Israel was ruled by law and held accountable,” said Nabil Abu Rudeineh, spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
For its part, the Palestinian National Liberation Movement “Fatah” on Saturday welcomed the vote of the United Nations General Assembly in favor of a resolution on “the nature of the presence of the Israeli occupation in the land of the State of Palestine, including Jerusalem.”
Fatah confirmed today in a press statement reported by the Palestinian Authority (Ma’an) that “the vote in favor of this historic decision reflects a victory for Palestinian diplomacy, led by President Mahmoud Abbas, who was pressured to take the decision.” withdraw or postpone, but he refused and insisted on presenting the draft resolution that was voted on yesterday.
Israeli officials have not yet commented on the vote. Gilad Erdan, Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, condemned the vote. And 87 members of the General Assembly voted in favor, while Israel, the United States and 24 other countries opposed and 53 abstained.
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