UN General Assembly has adopted resolution boosting standing of Palestine.

Australia voted in favour despite major allies such as the USA, UK, Canada and others either voting against it or abstaining.

Albanese and Wong have shown beyond all doubt where their loyalties lie.

The vote by the 193-member General Assembly was a global survey of support for the Palestinian bid to become a full UN member — a move that would effectively recognize a Palestinian state — after the United States vetoed it in the UN Security Council last month.

The assembly adopted a resolution with 143 votes in favour and nine against — including the US and Israel — while 25 countries abstained. It does not give the Palestinians full UN membership but simply recognizes them as qualified to join.

The General Assembly resolution “determines that the State of Palestine … should therefore be admitted to membership” and it “recommends that the Security Council reconsider the matter favourably.”

Israel’s Foreign Minister Israel Katz labelled the decision a “prize for Hamas,” in a statement released by his office.

“The absurd decision taken today at the UN General Assembly highlights the structural bias of the UN and the reasons why, under the leadership of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, it has turned itself into an irrelevant institution,” Katz said.

The Palestinian push for full UN membership comes seven months into a war between Israel and the Hamas terror group in the Gaza Strip.

An application to become a full UN member first needs to be approved by the 15-member Security Council and then the General Assembly. If the measure is again voted on by the council it is likely to face the same fate: a US veto.

The General Assembly resolution adopted on Friday does give the Palestinians some additional rights and privileges from September 2024 — like a seat among the UN members in the assembly hall — but they will not be granted a vote in the body.

Palestinian Ambassador to the U.N. Riyad Mansour Applauds Result

The Palestinians are currently a non-member observer state, a de facto recognition of statehood that was granted by the UN General Assembly in 2012.

“We want peace, we want freedom,” Palestinian UN Ambassador Riyad Mansour told the assembly before the vote. “A yes vote is a vote for Palestinian existence, it is not against any state….it is an investment in peace.”

“Voting yes is the right thing to do,” he said in remarks that drew applause.

Under the founding UN Charter, membership is open to “peace-loving states” that accept the obligations in that document and are able and willing to carry them out.

Israel’s UN Ambassador Gilad slammed the proceedings.

“As long as so many of you are ‘Jew-hating,’ you don’t really care that the Palestinians are not ‘peace-loving’,” Erdan, who spoke after Mansour, told his fellow diplomats. He accused the assembly of shredding the UN Charter — as he used a small shredder to destroy a copy of the Charter while at the lectern.

“Shame on you,” Erdan said.

Erdan also held up a picture of Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar, with the caption “President Sinwar, the terror state of Hamas, sponsored by the UN,” with the Israeli envoy telling the plenum that the terror leader was indebted to the UN for its assistance to the group.

US Deputy Ambassador to the UN Robert Wood told the General Assembly after the vote that unilateral measures at the UN and on the ground will not advance a two-state solution.

“Our vote does not reflect opposition to Palestinian statehood; we have been very clear that we support it and seek to advance it meaningfully. Instead, it is an acknowledgment that statehood will only come from a process that involves direct negotiations between the parties,” he said.

Before the vote the US mission said in a statement that the resolution would not lead to practical solutions to solve issues facing the Palestinians.

The United Nations has long endorsed a vision of two states living side by side within secure and recognized borders. Palestinians want a state in the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza Strip — all territory captured by Israel in the 1967 Six Day War with neighbouring Arab states.

Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Gilad Erdan holds up a picture of Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar 

They are represented at the UN by the Palestinian Liberation Organization. The Palestinian Authority, created under the Oslo Accords signed by the PLO and Israel, has limited self-rule over parts of the West Bank. Hamas ousted the PA from power in Gaza in a bloody takeover in 2007 and has a charter calling for Israel’s destruction.

War erupted when Hamas-led terrorists launched the October 7 massacre on southern communities, murdering 1,200 people, mostly civilians, and taking 252 hostages to Gaza, sparking the ongoing war in Gaza.

According to Gaza’s Hamas-run health ministry, at least 34,943 Palestinians have been killed in Israel’s military offensive in Gaza since October 7. The figures have not been independently verified and have been challenged by several organisations.

At least 15,000 Hamas gunmen have been killed in battle according to Israel.

Israel also says it killed some 1,000 terrorists inside Israel on October 7.

A total of 271 IDF soldiers have been killed in the army’s Gaza ground operation.

Erdan said on Monday that, if the General Assembly adopted the resolution, he expected Washington to cut funding to the UN and its institutions.

Under US law, Washington cannot fund any UN organization that grants full membership to any group that does not have the “internationally recognized attributes” of statehood.

The United States cut funding in 2011 for the UN cultural agency, UNESCO, after the Palestinians joined as a full member.

On Thursday, 25 Republican US senators — more than half of the party’s members in the chamber — introduced a bill to tighten those restrictions and cut off funding to any entity giving rights and privileges to the Palestinians.

The bill is unlikely to pass the Senate, which is controlled by President Joe Biden’s Democrats. If so, the USA will have favoured terrorists in preference to Israel.

Similarly, The Albanese government has sold out Israel to suit its own political agenda and its winning a second term at the forthcoming federal election.

Albanese and Wong and their left-wing comrades within the ALP and the Greens have demonstrated their total lack of morality and loyalty towards its allies.

This incompetent and worthless government has to go!

Thanks to Johannes Leak for his cartoon.