Palestinian UN envoy: Attack was ‘deliberately timed to torpedo the UN vote’

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Palestinian Ambassador to the UN Riyad Mansour and PLO Executive Committee member Hanan Ashrawi have accused Israel of timing the recent attack on Gaza, in part, to challenge Palestinian efforts to seek UN non member state status.

Although Israeli military escalations and attacks prior to Israel’s parliamentary elections are widely perceived as a familiar  tradition,  the accusation from officials that the “Pillar of Cloud” attack was initiated, in part, to thwart the UN bid slated for November 29 is fresh.

Note the ambassadors trading barbs.

AFP:

The Palestinian UN envoy said Wednesday’s attack – which killed the top Hamas military commander in the territory – was deliberately timed to torpedo the UN vote in two weeks and influence Israel’s general election in January.

Israel’s UN ambassador retorted that events in Gaza had shown the futility of the Palestinian campaign for international recognition.

“They should change their request from a Non-Member State to Non-Member Terrorist State,” said ambassador Ron Prosor.

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The US is talking with Palestinian officials in a bid to at least delay the vote, UN diplomats said.

“The Gaza strikes will complicate negotiations around the Palestinian application even more,” one Western official said on condition of anonymity.

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The Israeli ambassador meanwhile warned the Security Council meeting that Palestinian success at the United Nations could lead to more violence.

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Palestinian ambassador Riyad Mansour questioned why Israel is fighting so hard against the UN vote if it believes the bid is meaningless, saying Israeli leaders are “dead afraid” of Palestinian admission to the General Assembly.

“I believe part of the timing of the attack by the Israelis on Gaza is trying to divert attention away from our energies in mobilising the international community” for the UN vote, he said.

Palestinian News & Info Agency WAFA:

PLO Executive Committee member Hanan Ashrawi Thursday denounced Israel’s latest military escalation against Gaza and its illegal policies of targeted assassinations and air strikes which have resulted in the killing and injury of Palestinian civilians.

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She said this assault is a deliberate attempt to damage Palestinian efforts to gain observer-state status in the United Nations General Assembly.

“The Israeli government has acted with impunity for its unilateral violations for far too long. The illegal cruel siege of the Gaza Strip, along with all other violations of international law must come to an end,” she said.

Ashrwai called on the European Union, the Quartet and members of the international community to adopt serious measures to bring an immediate halt to Israel’s policy of extrajudicial executions, the killing and injury of innocent civilians and the continued oppression of Palestinians living under Israeli military occupation.

Haaretz reported yesterday:

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sees the vote in the UN as having extremely serious consequences for Israel. Netanyahu has held discussions on the matter almost every day over the past few days, and has been dealing with the matter no less than with that of the escalation and rockets in the south – if not more. Netanyahu is of the opinion that while the present round of fighting in the Gaza area can be controlled, the snowball effect started by the Palestinian initiative in the UN could be much harder to stop.

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Netanyahu, Lieberman and Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz said the Palestinian approach to the International Criminal Court would be “a declaration of war”

It seems though, that war has already been declared.

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  1. seafoid
    November 15, 2012, 2:49 pm

    “They should change their request from a Non-Member State to Non-Member Terrorist State,” said ambassador Ron Prosor.

    What a *******. Absolutely vile. But the guy and the ideology have form. The bots have been doing this for over 100 years.

    Let’s see if the world agrees with Zionism that the Palestinians are Untermenschen undeserving of rights reserved for regular humans.

    link to imgur.com

  2. Citizen
    November 15, 2012, 3:03 pm

    Too bad American government and Americans generally, ostensibly, also view the Palestinians as Untermenschen, or alternatively, (Zionists, both Jewish, Christian, and PEP Secular) that Jews are chosen by God/or Superior species of human.

  3. Woody Tanaka
    November 15, 2012, 3:12 pm

    “Netanyahu, Lieberman and Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz said the Palestinian approach to the International Criminal Court would be ‘a declaration of war’”

    These toolbags are delusional if they think that their side didn’t declare war 150 years ago. Fools.

    • Abierno
      November 15, 2012, 5:27 pm

      We are currently witnessing the ultimate solution. One proposed by Danny Dayon
      in the New York Times, months ago: Israeli troops currently massed on the
      Gaza border to reoccupy Gaza. Leiberman has proposed toppling Abbas, which
      will result in Israeli annexation of the whole of the West Bank. Therefore the
      UN problem is solved to Israel’s delight: Palestine and Gaza have ceased to exist.
      UN response: Will be just as it is today, taking their cues from Susan Rice, who
      has given Gaza the ultimatum – Stop your rockets now! There are and will be no
      limitations on Israeli aggression in the middle east. They have unlimited and unconditional authorization to massacre whomever and wherever they will.

    • Annie Robbins
      November 15, 2012, 7:14 pm

      These toolbags are delusional if they think that their side didn’t declare war 150 years ago.

      it also seems to be a weird thing to say a couple days before an invasion. i sort of wondered if they might, in some orwellian roundabout fashion, then consider their own actions as a sort of pre emptive attack.

  4. IL1948
    November 15, 2012, 10:32 pm

    I see… Israel manipulated the Arabs in gaza into firing an anti tank missile at and IDF jeep so as to trigger a politically timed escalation. Makes perfect sense.

    • Bumblebye
      November 15, 2012, 11:50 pm

      Absolutely. They’ve been trying to provoke this for weeks now.
      Why?
      Distract attention from social issues in run up to an election,
      Attempt to thwart UN observer state bid by Palestine,
      And many other mendacious reasons.

      And pray tell, IL1948, what would you have israel do if the Palestinians sent armed soldiers in an armoured jeep from Gaza? Invite them in for a cup ot tea?

    • justicewillprevail
      November 16, 2012, 2:47 am

      No you are blind and don’t see anything. If you want to talk about escalation study the timeline here, with its details of the children killed by Israel and the inevitable response, their refusal of a truce and their escalation in attacking Gaza. Makes perfect sense if you are a psychopathic demagogue seeking re-election and trying to manipulate opinion against Palestinians seeking justice at the UN and elsewhere.

    • Hostage
      November 16, 2012, 5:08 am

      I see… Israel manipulated the Arabs in gaza into firing an anti tank missile at and IDF jeep so as to trigger a politically timed escalation. Makes perfect sense.

      Yes. Mondoweiss carried a timeline from The Institute for Middle East Understanding which explained exactly how the IDF did it:

      THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8

      Following a two-week lull in violence, Israeli soldiers invade Gaza. In the resulting exchange of gunfire with Palestinian fighters, a 12-year-old boy is killed by an Israeli bullet while he plays soccer.

      SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10

      An anti-tank missile fired by Palestinian fighters wounds four Israeli soldiers driving in a jeep along the Israel-Gaza boundary.

      An Israeli artillery shell lands in a soccer field in Gaza killing two children, aged 16 and 17. Later, an Israeli tank fires a shell at a tent where mourners are gathered for a funeral, killing two more civilians, and wounding more than two dozen others.

      link to mondoweiss.net

      • Citizen
        November 16, 2012, 8:16 am

        @Hostage Fox Business News channel didn’t get the timeline memo–its story is that the Hamas rocket attacks started 3 weeks ago and now Israel is defending itself.

      • Annie Robbins
        November 16, 2012, 6:53 am

        oh look, what a coincidence. i was reviewing that link and one of the things i asked was Are Palestinian rockets being used to build support in the international community for retribution and prevention of Palestinian statehood?

        and it reminded me of something i just read from Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.), the senior Democrat on the foreign operations subcommittee of the House of Representatives Appropriations Committee. link to jweekly.com

        “It is important to recognize that any discussion about the Palestinian Authority gaining observer status within the U.N. General Assembly is taking place within the context of over 100 rockets hitting Israel in the last three days,” she said early this week. “The leaders have shown they’re unable to stop terrorist attacks from Gaza.”

        and who provoked those rockets nita?

    • Woody Tanaka
      November 16, 2012, 6:52 am

      It makes perfect sense, except, perhaps, to some zionist like you.

  5. Erasmus
    November 16, 2012, 12:24 am

    That notorious babble of Obama, Cameron, Merkel about Israel’s right to self-defense…..

    amounts to nothing else than an implicit complicity with mass murder.

    They might as well add to this
    - israel’s right to occupation, annexation and settlements;
    - israel’s right to deny human rights;
    - israel’s right to ignore international law with impunity;
    - israel’s right to be above all…..
    Israel – Israel above all – above all in this world!

  6. Citizen
    November 16, 2012, 8:19 am

    History books will one day record how Israel, backed by the USA, started WW3 and its horrible aftermath, much worse than WW2′s (for America & Israel).

  7. Talkback
    November 16, 2012, 11:24 am

    Haaretz continuously refuses to publish my question in the comment section who profits from this escalation while Palestine is trying to update it’s observer status.

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