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Key events often hide under trivial formalities. Yesterday – July 22, 2010 – the International Court of Justice ruled against Serbia on its claim that Kosovo’s secession was illegal. ICJ president Hisashi Owada said international law "contains no applicable prohibition" of Kosovo's declaration of independence. "Accordingly, [the court] concludes that the declaration of independence on 17 February 2008 did not violate general international law." Ten of the judges supported the opinion, four opposed it.

Serbia was quick to declare it won’t recognize the new state. Among the states fiercely opposing it are also: Russia, China, India, Spain, Greece, Romania, Slovakia, Cyprus, and Bosnia. All of them have inner problems that may result in the secession of certain groups. More notably of all is Israel which is a quiet ally of Serbia – it even militarily helped Serbia even when the last was committing genocides in the 1990s. The silent pact goes back to WWII, when Jewish groups helped Serbia and attacked Croatia.

However, Israel has another reason to support Serbia. Palestine may opt for the same strategy and declare independence. On November 29, 1947, Resolution 181 of the UN General Assembly decided to divide Palestine between Jews and Palestinians and became the base of the external recognition of the State of Israel by other sovereign entities. On May 15, 1948, Israel’s Declaration of Independence was issued by a small group of people – lead by David Ben-Gurion – who did not get popular consent for that and didn’t respect the Israeli obligations towards the UN; namely, to respect Human Rights and to allow the existence of Palestine. Moreover, UNSC Resolution 1515 calls for regional Middle East peace, based on the two-state solution.

Under the circumstances, Palestine is in a better position than Kosovo was prior to its independence declaration, since Palestine is openly supported by the UNSC and the UN General Assembly. There is no doubt the ICJ would support a Palestinian declaration, yesterday’s ruling on Kosovo proves that. Any delays here play to the hands of the Zionists, and the world knows that. Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit told the Egyptian daily al-Masry al-Youm on Saturday, July 3, 2010 that the Arab League will turn to the United Nations Security Council to declare an independent Palestinian state if peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians do not bear fruit by September.

Is that the only option? No, nothing blocks the Palestinian Administration in Gaza to declare independence by itself. That's exactly what Kosovo did, this declaration was recognized by 69 countries and the ICJ. No fear, Palestinians, your righteous declaration would be widely more accepted.

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