Shocka: UN diplomats say their countries are being intimidated to support 'Palestinian statehood'On Monday night, July 28, 1980, I took a train from Rome to Zurich. In those days, you could not travel on one train from Rome to Zurich. In the early hours of Tuesday, July 29, 1980, I changed trains in Bologna. I was a lucky man.
The following Saturday, August 2, terrorists blew up the train station in Bologna (see picture above). 85 people were killed and more than 200 wounded. At the time, the attack was attributed to Italian neo-fascists. But in 2008, former Italian President Francesco Cossiga alleged that PLO-affiliated terrorists from George Habash's Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine were responsible for the bombing. The PFLP has denied responsibility.
The reason that 'Palestinians' were not suspected at the time was that the Italians supposedly had a deal with the 'Palestinians' that allowed them to use Italy as a staging area so long as they did not carry out terror attacks on Italian soil.
A lot of countries remember that incident, and are afraid that should they vote against the 'Palestinian declaration of statehood,' they too will be targets for Arab and Islamic terrorism.
Sources said some countries will support the Palestinians not because they believe in their cause, but because Muslim and Arab countries may take punitive measures against them when they will need support in the Security Council or in bids to be appointed to important UN bodies.Aren't you glad there's a UN where every country has one vote?
A senior Western diplomat told Haaretz that the Nonaligned Bloc's votes were of particular importance. "It is the largest regional bloc," he said, "and is greatly sympathetic to the Palestinian matter."
Diplomats have pointed to Australia as an example of this intimidation. Australia is already pushing its nomination for a seat on the UN Security Council next year, and is expected to weigh its steps carefully so as not anger the Muslim and Arab nations and the Nonaligned Bloc. Canada, on the other hand, has failed in promoting its nomination for a seat, not least because of its support for Israel.
The Palestinian bid is not very popular among diplomats, who say it is "a nuisance we would like to have behind us."
Ambassadors in New York agree with Israel's position that the Palestinian bid is a wrong move that may bring unwanted results. Yet they say Israel is to blame as it has failed to present any political initiatives, leading to a lengthy political deadlock.