Rio Times Opinion
With no political representation, due to their observer status, in the General Assembly (GA) and a less than favorable presence, Palestine has made waves this weekend when the delegate offered Israel a two-state solution.
Israel made a speech earlier in the conference, as witnessed by Al Jazeera, detailing “…[the recognition of] Israelis and Palestinians as indigenous people…” This policy surprised many, as Israel believes their state is the homeland for the indigenous Jewish population. Noting the recent resolution passed by the Security Council, which urged for Israel to stop settlements on Palestinian land, it is very unlikely that Israel would switch positions so suddenly.
As Israel conceded the rights of Palestinians as indigenous populations, the delegate of Palestine was readily willing to comment.
“Palestine doesn’t go that far,” the delegate explained. “We recognize that Israel exists and hope for a possible two-state solution…[but] we do not acknowledge Israel as a Jewish state since there are Palestinians living there.” This news comes as no surprise to readers of the International Press, but a striking new addition brings light to some of the inherent problems of the UN.
While discussing another issue with the delegates of the GA, a note was anonymously slipped to a Rio Times staffer which read:
“Palestine: ‘I did it mostly for attention…Palestine has no voting authority so I had to get my name out somehow.’
Context: Palestine was speaking to another delegate as to why they decided to approach Israel and offer a two-state solution. Something that never would’ve happened in reality, currently.”
The undermining of a fellow delegate by an anonymous source is one reason behind much of the tension in both the UN and the respective bodies. The GA has been unable to create a merged paper, and it is only natural to potentially attribute this to the underlying concerns caused by under-the-table actions such as these. The legacy documents this body has created in the past emphasize collaboration and communication, however this is not the committee that is being witnessed this weekend.
When talks of papers being merged began, they were immediately quelled by other delegates resulting in the current state of two draft resolutions on the floor for voting bloc. The General Assembly shows no intention of facilitating a discussion to ameliorate the tension, highlighting the disorganization and frustration of both the delegates and the global community.