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Israel: UN recognition of a Palestinian state will turn us into ‘colonialists’

Israeli governmental source says that looming international recognition of Palestine would dub Israel a 'coloniser,' which would lead to its expulsion from international organisations and force an economic boycott upon it

Saleh Naami , Saturday 23 Apr 2011
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A source in the Israeli government warned of disaster dubbed “September’s tsunami” with regards to an expected UN recognition for the Palestinian state.

Israel’s Channel Two broadcasted that the sources said with respect to the direct repercussions of recognising Palestine that it would have four detrimental results:

First, he said, the world’s perception of Israel will shift from an occupying state to a colonising state.

Second, countries that vote for a Palestinian state would enforce an economic boycott on Israel and cease trade and commerce with the Israeli state. The boycott will not be limited to the illegal settlements and their products, the source argued.

Third, Israel would be expelled from international trade organisations.

Fourth, the world would pressure Israel into “approving” the construction of the first Palestinian international airport in the West Bank.

The source noted that Israel’s official estimates suggest that from 192 member states in the UN’s general assembly around 180 could possibly vote for the recognition of Palestine, six would abstain and six others would oppose.

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is, according to the source, betting on US pressure to sway as many countries as possible to vote against the Palestinian effort despite talk in the Israeli media about a rift between Obama and Netanyahu.

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