Israel criticises Palestinian's attempt to raise flag at UN

Israel accuses Palestine of misleading UN in its initiative to raise flag at UN Headquarters

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

A spectator waves a Palestinian flag during the first leg of the Palestine Cup final soccer match between Gaza Strip's Shejaia and Hebron's Al Ahly at Al Yarmouk stadium in Gaza City-Archive

The Israeli officials expressed dissatisfaction on Tuesday to the United Nations about Palestinian’s attempt to fly his country's flag together with full member states at the UN headquarters, calling it “another misuse of the UN by the Palestinian Authority.”

Palestine has earlier proposed a resolution asking the United Nations to raise non-member observer states’ flags outside the UN Headquarters and offices alongside those of member states.

The UN General Assembly is expected to vote on Sept. 10 on the Palestinian resolution which requested the flags of non-member observer states "shall be raised at the United Nations Headquarters and Offices following the flags of the member states of the United Nations."

Ron Prosor, the Israel's ambassador to the UN wrote a letter of complaint to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and this year's President of the 193-nation General Assembly, Sam Kutesa, about the Palestinian attempt to raise their flag.

"For 70 years the United Nations has raised only flags of full member states," Prosor said, adding that the Palestinians never held a single round of consultations on their resolution. He called it "another cynical misuse of the UN by the Palestinian Authority."

"Once again the Palestinians prefer to score easy and meaningless points at the UN, simply because they can," he said.

"It's time to unequivocally tell them: this is not the path to statehood, this is not the way for peace."

He also accused the Palestinians, saying Palestine pretending that it was a joint initiative with the Vatican has already enough voters for their resolution to pass, calling it a way of misleading the UN member states.   

Last week according to a Reuters report, the Vatican has asked Palestine to withdraw all references to it from the draft resolution that requires the UN General Assembly to fly the flags of Palestine and the Holy See.

Although, formally recognises the State of Palestine, the Vatican said it has no plans to join the resolution while not directly objecting to the proposal.

Prosor said the second statement released by the Vatican was under pressure from the Palestinian and Arab delegations.

Neither the Vatican's nor the Palestinians' UN officials had any immediate comments about Prosor's letter of complaint.   



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