SHAFAQNA -Â Israel on Tuesday complained about Palestine’s attempt to fly their flag at United Nations headquarters, calling it “another cynical misuse of the UN by the Palestinian Authority.”
Currently, only member states’ flags fly atÂ UN headquarters. Even though the United Nations approved the de facto recognition ofÂ the sovereign state ofÂ Palestine inÂ 2012, a Palestinian attempt toÂ secure full UN membership failed, leaving it officially asÂ a non-member state.
Now, Palestine has proposed a resolution that would allow flags ofÂ non-member states to â€œbe raised atÂ the United Nations Headquarters and Offices followingÂ the flags ofÂ the member states ofÂ the United Nations.”
The General Assembly is expected toÂ vote onÂ the resolution onÂ September 10.
Israel’s UN Ambassador Ron Prosor wrote a letter ofÂ complaint aboutÂ the initiative toÂ UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and this year’s president ofÂ the General Assembly, Sam Kutesa ofÂ Uganda, Reuters reported.
Over the pastÂ 70 years, the United Nations has raised only flags ofÂ full member states, Prosor said, adding that the Palestinians have not held a roundÂ of consultations onÂ their resolution. He called the move “another cynical misuse ofÂ the UN byÂ the Palestinian Authority.”
“Once again the Palestinians prefer toÂ score easy and meaningless points atÂ the UN, simply because they can. It’s time toÂ unequivocally tell them: this is not the path toÂ statehood, this is not the way forÂ peace,” he said.
He also accused the Palestinians, who he said appear toÂ already have enough votes forÂ their resolution toÂ pass, ofÂ misleading UN member states byÂ pretending that it was a joint initiative withÂ the Vatican, the only other non-member state, Reuters reported.
Last week, the Vatican said it would not co-sponsor the resolution and demanded that all references toÂ it be removed fromÂ the draft.
Days later, the Vatican said it did not object toÂ the Palestinian initiative, butÂ it was content withÂ the status quo â€“ a statement Proser said was issued underÂ pressure fromÂ the Palestinian and Arab delegations, Reuters reported.