Israel Thanks Bulgaria for Abstaining on Palestinian UN Vote

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Bulgaria: Israel Thanks Bulgaria for Abstaining on Palestinian UN Vote Israeli ambassador to Bulgaria Shaul Kamisa-Raz. Photo by Darik Radio

Israeli Ambassador in Sofia Shaul Kamisa-Raz on Friday thanked Bulgaria for its "principled position" in connection with Palestine's bid to become a non-member observer State in the UN.

As expected, the UN General Assembly voted Thursday evening to upgrade the Palestinian status. Bulgaria abstained from voting.

In a statement sent to the Balkan country, Kamisa-Raz has noted that UN's decision was "merely symbolic", since the UN does not have the power to determine a country's status or recognize countries.

The ambassador has further pointed out that Palestine does not comply with the criteria for statehood, as it does not have an effective government.

"The path to peace is between Jerusalem and Ramallah, and not through New York," he has also declared, reiterating that peace could only be reached through direct dialogue between Israel and the Palestinians.

The diplomat has thanked Bulgaria for being aware of all reasons why the Palestinian resolution should not be supported.

On Thursday, Bulgarian Foreign Minister Nikolay Mladenov said the country's decision to abstain from voting was based on a careful analysis of the draft resolution and the potential implications it would have on the prospects for the resumption of the Middle East peace process.

"Bulgaria supports the legitimate demands of the Palestinian people for self-determination and was one of the first countries to recognise the State of Palestine in 1988," Mladenov's statement said.

"The main reason for our decision is our conviction that the proposed resolution would not improve the situation between Israel and the Palestinians, especially in the context of the delicate situation in the region."

"The adoption of the resolution does not provide sufficient guarantees that there would be a rapid resumption of direct negotiations. Our principled position is against unilateral actions by either side. Such acts lead to greater encapsulation and isolation and obstruct the peace process."

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Jerry - 5 Dec 2012 // 18:39:42

It is the "id" that rules through its instincts while the superego pulls the TRIGGER.

sa-sha - 5 Dec 2012 // 11:21:12

/The "Mysterious Technology" is Psychology/-----Great.

Jerry - 4 Dec 2012 // 20:24:28

The "Mysterious Technology" is Psychology and watch and wait before you pull the trigger.

sa-sha - 4 Dec 2012 // 09:30:50

" Now I watch Russia pass arms technology to Syria "--------Uff, so sharp-just hawk's - eye...........And what about the name of this mysterious"technology", btw?

Jerry - 3 Dec 2012 // 21:57:08

What struck me as sad without precedent and with a spiritual flavor that must be articulated by our future Patriarch and Metropolitans.

I have visited the Orthodox Church in Mount Sinai, S. Katherine, looking down in the valley you can see the roads to Gaza, Khan Yunis and Sharm el Sheik. The Bulgarian Orthodox Church has a member at the Monestery, a close friend of Metropolitan Simeon.

Now I traveled to the Negev and on to the West Bank, visiting Bethleham, Hebron and on to Jerusalem visiting many Orthodox Churches that have representatives from the Bulgarian Church.

Now I watch Russia pass arms technology to Syria for protection of the Russian Orthodox Church.

Are we re-Crucifying Jesus in repetition on the date of Nativity?

mavro from australia - 3 Dec 2012 // 13:53:58

It's a great victory for the memory of the Ancient Greek historian
Herodotus, he invented the term Palestine.
The British had only brought the term back into existence
with the Balfour declaration about a Jewish home in 'Palestine'
in the wake of WW1.

Jerry - 2 Dec 2012 // 21:15:59

One must use the barometer to measure Israeli Settlements with what infrastructure is being introduced and how sustainable will this structure be in relations to socio-economic development, hospitals, schools, sport parks for soccer.

Now if Israel builds a sustainable defense perimeter than one may question intentions between security and safety that must be placed in Israeli borders with protection of its armed forces.

Now Palestinian investments for infrastructure and sustainability tends to disappear with unkown application of funds and failures of Palestinian infrastructure and investment.

Now look closely at the Widow of Arafat, you find her in Paris and Tunisia with her assets and wealth. I wonder how much see got paid to exhume Arafat from the grave.

Maybe looking for gold teeth she had forgotten before the funeral.

Thenonymous - 2 Dec 2012 // 13:26:01

They didn't vote because to vote yes puts them in opposition to the USA and to vote no contradicts their earlier statements on Palestine.
And now is not the time to upset the USA because the USA needs sucking up to as per usual.

sa-sha - 1 Dec 2012 // 15:52:25

"One should look at building settlements in the West Bank by Israel as a form of coexistance and regional harmony".......Another version in
the same direction/spirit: "One should look at the total extermination
of Jews by Hitler "as a form of"-not regional, but of:-World Harmony.

Jerry - 1 Dec 2012 // 13:25:39

One should look at building settlements in the West Bank by Israel as a form of coexistance and regional harmony.

It seems we are prisoners to doctrine and propoganda that expansion is military, security but not social and the use of building infrastructure in the settlements, for example hospitals, health units, food security, education and sports.

Now look at intentions of the Palestian and Israeli and maybe we can arrive at harmony through correction.

Yane - 1 Dec 2012 // 13:16:24

Palestinians, sent jihadists to fight in the Balkans and they always support our enemies, as far as I'm concerned Israel is welcome to drive them into the sea so we get closure.

sa-sha - 1 Dec 2012 // 12:36:21

...and also about Your "principled position... against unilateral actions by either side", Mr.Mladenov: what is that very "unilateral actions"?
138 UN members' vote [in favor of Palestine' new status]? Or Izrael'
decision to construct 3,000 new apartments in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, i.e. on the occupied territories? Look, even USA is
shocked and condemns it. Do You, Mr.Mladenov? Any correction of
Your "principled position"?

sa-sha - 1 Dec 2012 // 10:32:11

"Israel Thanks...", no wonder, but Mr. Mladenov' "Bulgaria supports the legitimate demands of the Palestinian people..."- in pair with ""The main reason for our decision is our conviction that the proposed resolution would not improve the situation" & "Our principled position is against unilateral actions by either side"-puzzles. Look, there are
some obvious things: (1)Palestinians have the right on their State. Fact. (2)Children are not responsible for their parents' idiocy in 1948 (rejection of The Partition Plan by Arab leaders and the following war against the newly formed state of Israel) (3)Izrael will NEVER come to
the agreement with Palestinians- about territory, borders and capital of Palestina-without World community' pressure. (4)UN Recognition of Palestine as the Observer State is the element-small but important-of
the above pressure. (5)USA' leaders &Co support not searhing for
peace solution (which means, sure, the pressure on Izrael) but the
existing tension in that region. Actually they sow the wind. They
stubbornly sow the wind.

Yane - 1 Dec 2012 // 02:18:42

It's nonsense since there's no agreed upon border for such a country...

Jerry - 1 Dec 2012 // 00:29:09

Now under the eyes of the World Body, the United Nations, the Palestinian issue will be looked very closely and watch the intentions of the Palestinian doctrine toward Israel.

The admission as a observer of Palestinian Soverieign Rights has a double edge sword.

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