In fact, Palestine has been a U.N. recognized state since November 2012:
|From Wikimedia Commons|
"The United Nations general assembly voted overwhelmingly . . . to recognise Palestine as a state, in the face of opposition from Israel and the U S.
"The 193-member assembly voted 138 in favour of the plan, with only nine against and 41 abstentions. The scale of the defeat represented a strong and public repudiation for Israel and the US, who find themselves out of step with the rest of the world."
Far more countries recognize the State of Palestine than countries that don't:
|From: Wikimedia Commons.|
Map identifying Recognition of the State of Palestine. Dark green = states that have recognised; medium green = states hosting a Palestinian mission; light green = states hosting a Palestinian general or special delegation; grey = states with no relations to Palestine.
As of November 2014, " . . . Sweden became the 135th U.N. member state to recognize Palestine:"
Meanwhile, only " . . 160 of the 192 other UN member states (83%) currently recognize Israel." That's just 25 more than recognize Palestine: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_recognition_of_Israel
Of those countries that do recognize Israel, only a very small number do not have diplomatic relationships with Palestine (in dark blue on the map below). On the other hand, a significant portion of the nations in the Middle East and Northern Africa, as well as the Pacific Island nations, not only do not recognize Israel, they have no relationship with Israel at all (dark green in the map below).
|From: 40 Maps that Explain the Middle East.|
Check the gray areas on the map just before this one (the map that is mostly green). The gray areas represent those countries that have no relations with Palestine. Now check the dark green areas on the map directly above. The dark green areas represent the countries that have no relations with Israel. Clearly, Palestine is in better standing with the world than Israel. Clearly, there is something wrong with the fact that mainstream Western media insists on spouting Israeli rhetoric about Palestinian statehood.
Palestinian statehood is not something that Israel can confer or withhold from Palestine, no matter what rhetoric Israel convinces the mainstream media to repeat.
"Palestinian official Hanan Ashrawi said Netanyahu's comments were 'dangerous' and could plunge the region into violence. 'This is the real Netanyahu,' she said. 'From the beginning, he was attempting to carry out a grand deception by pretending to be in favor of the two-state solution. But what he was actually doing on the ground is destroying the chances of peace."
We must not forget that Israel's occupation of Palestine is illegal!
“The Israeli occupation of the OPT (Occupied Palestinian Territories) is illegal both intrinsically and extrinsically.”
From: ‘Illegal Occupation: Framing the Occupied Palestinian Territory,’ Berkeley Journal of International Law: http://scholarship.law.berkeley.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1299&context=bjil
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