United States may hamper Palestinian state
Azerbaijan, Baku, June 17 / Trend A. Tagiyeva /
After the last U.S. President's statement that the Palestinians must not act the way that can lead to international isolation of Israel, there is a danger of U.S. intervention in the issue of recognizing Palestine by the UN, the regional director of the "Omsam" organization, the Permanent Observer of Economic and Social Commission Naseer al-Humoud said.
"There is a danger that the U.S. government could prevent the recognition of Palestine by the UN," he told Trend.
Speaking in AIPAC, Obama said that his previous statement was misunderstood. It was the line, adjusted given the current situation on the basis of an agreed equivalent exchange of territories rather than a "mechanical" return to the border of June 4, 1967. He also promised to strive for Hamas's recognizing Israel, ceasing violence and releasing Gilad Shalit.
He said that when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the U.S. Congress, the result of the next stage in recognizing Palestine was stressed.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel's return to the 1967 borders threatens catastrophe to the state.
The head of the Israeli government said that the borders that existed before the Six Day War in 1967, can not be protected from attack now.
"If the world community denies the legitimacy of the Palestinians' rights to build their own state with Jerusalem as its capital, the region will return to the very beginning and the conflict will remain unresolved again," he added.
He said that it is far past time to recognize Palestine as an independent state, but it is still a controversial issue, used by the countries of the region for their own interests.
"Some Latin American countries have already recognized the Palestinian state," he said. "I would like to believe that the Arab countries also dare to take this step."
The Palestinian National Authority (PNA) seeks to establish an independent state within the 1967 borders. It hopes that during the international negotiations, Israel will withdraw its troops from the Palestinian territories - the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem occupied during the war in 1967. In this territory the PNA wants to establish a Palestinian state with its capital in East Jerusalem. However, Israel refuses from returning to the border lines of 1967 and does not want to raise the issue of Jerusalem, announced as its "eternal and indivisible capital".
Mahmoud Abbas said in late March 2011 that he expects for Palestine's independence to be proclaimed and its statehood to be recognized in September 2011. The PNA leadership's hopes are based on Barack Obama's previously voiced words that he would like to see the creation of a Palestinian state in September.