Marek Siwiec MEP on Poland & Europe

As we know, Israeli authorities rejected the UN resolution concerning Palestine. Yesterday I spoke to president Simon Peres who can find a positive side to this situation, as it is usually the case with an experienced man. He said that after the last “seven-day-long war” and the UNs decision, the only thing that is left to do is to negotiate.

This view is shared by Israeli diplomats. However, they say straight that a really high target has been set. Palestinians were given a thing that could have been a possible subject of negotiations. Therefore, they will now expect much more behind the table.

For Israel the most essential at present is the Palestinian attitude towards the International Court of Justice. The newly conferred status entitles Palestine to sue Israel when in disputes and, as it might be expected, the disputes won’t be rare. Reportedly, while lobbing before the vote, president Abbas renounced not to make use of this instrument in the future. However, it was an oral declaration and it is not exactly known before whom it was made.

Officially all UN member states, as well as observer states may seek justice when they claim infringement of international contracts, customary international law or general rules of law. The Court has no jurisdiction over natural persons.

I personally regard the Israel’s reaction as calm. What was announced, however, is the expansion of settlements. Besides, the Minister of Finance informed that the taxes and duties collected by Israel on behalf of Palestinian authorities, which used to be transferred directly to Palestine, will now cover the debts for energy.

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