(23)/09/11 - A day that will change the world?
This week could see a change in the history of the world. This week all eyes will be on the Middle East as the UN is asked to recognise a unilateral declaration of Palestinian statehood.
"I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that sends all the surrounding peoples reeling. Judah will be besieged as well as Jerusalem. "On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves."
All eyes will be on the Middle East this week as the Palestinian Authority president Mahmood Abbas defies the United States and Israel by seeking recognition of Palestinian statehood from the United Nations Security Council.
In response, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that he will also visit the UN this week to oppose the Palestinian initiative in light of the factthat Palestinian statehood should be achieved through negotiations.
Washington is expected to veto the vote in the UN Security Council, where
decisions are legally binding. However, the Palestinians also plan to bring their bid to the General Assembly this coming Friday - September 23, 2011, where a decision would be symbolic but not
No matter what the outcome of the UN vote, violence may spill over into the Israeli communities of Judea and Samaria (Jewish settlements) and other towns, villages and cities in Israel including Jerusalem.
Mass rallies and marches in support of the bid for statehood and against Israel’s so-called occupation have been slated in the West Bank.
Arabs are being incited to take their grievances to the streets on September 20th,
the eve of the UN vote. The Palestinians are calling this protest campaign “Palestine 194” because Palestinians' hope to become the UN’s 194th member state.
The following video gives some background to the United Nation's dealings with Israel since, by a two-thirds majority the UN agreed in 1947 to a formation of the new Jewish state – amongst a group of surrounding nations which remain intent on Israel's destruction.
Further short videos which give background information on the modern history of the region and the political situation can be found here.