Yesterday (August 28, 2011), the Montreal Gazette published an AFP report titled “Israel sees huge backing for Palestinians at UN” in which it is clear that the world’s nations are rallying behind the Palestinian cause. The report is worthy of a few minutes of time to read:
“Quoting a senior [Israeli] foreign ministry source, the paper said that only five countries had told Israel they would vote against the Palestinian bid: the United States, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic. The ministry is expecting 130 to 140 of the 193 UN member countries to endorse Palestinian membership — a majority of more than two thirds. This, however, is still not enough to ratify an application for UN membership, which must be approved by the Security Council where Washington has pledged to use its veto against the initiative. But the General Assembly could raise the Palestinians’ standing at the UN from its current observer status to that of a non-member state,”
When the PLO’s leadership commits a mistake, it is our duty to stand against it until it corrects such mistake. Likewise, when the leadership moves in the right direction, it is also our duty to encourage it in spite of wide rejection and speculations. This PLO’s initiative at the UN is a winner for the Palestinian cause. Doubters should take notice and learn that sustainable change happens in small increments.
Hope is the stuff from which life is made!