Showing posts with label Palestine. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Palestine. Show all posts

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Judis: Why The U.S. Should Support Palestinian Statehood At The U.N. | The New Republic

President Obama's speech to the U.N. is a case of electorally induced myopia.  With Ed Koch and Florida's elderly Jewish voters looking over his shoulder he forgot about why he got the Nobel Prize: the hope that he would act boldly for peace.  John Judis explains - in the New Republic. - GWC
Judis: Why The U.S. Should Support Palestinian Statehood At The U.N. | The New Republic: "The Obama administration, after failing to head off a Palestinian request to the Security Council for United Nations membership, is prepared to use its veto against it. In an undistinguished address to the General Assembly on Wednesday, President Barack Obama advised the Palestinians to bypass the UN and to confine their campaign for statehood to negotiations with Israel. Obama’s position would have made sense if the Israeli government of Benjamin Netanyahu had made generous offers at the negotiating table that the Palestinians have been spurning, but the Netanyahu government has not; and there is little likelihood, in the absence of a dramatic change of heart, that it will do so. By threatening a veto, Obama appeared to contradict his past support for Palestinian self-determination."

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Sunday, May 22, 2011

A Proud Day for Obama | Talking Points Memo

Josh Marshall on President Obama's address today to AIPAC - the America Israel Political Action Committee:
A Proud Day for Obama | Talking Points Memo:
 "Sticks to commitment to policies that will secure Israel's future, even at the expense of opportunistic attacks and political controversy.
Obliquely and with respect to his audience, in his speech to AIPAC today, President Obama also responded to Prime Minister Netanyahu's repeated lies about what President Obama said only the day before.
Just as no man is an island, no country can be either. On its present course Israel is on its way to becoming a pariah state, a status in which it cannot indefinitely or even perhaps long survive. Neither the fact that Israel faces a profound cultural animosity among the region's Arab populations nor the bad faith that often greets its actions nor even the anti-Semitism that is sometimes beneath the animus changes this essential fact. The make-up of the 21st century world is simply not compatible with a perpetual military occupation of another people, especially one that crosses a boundary of ethnicity and religion. Only the willfully oblivious can't see that."

Saturday, April 2, 2011

U.N. may recognize Palestine - NY Times

Palestinian men pray to protest land confiscation near Nablus - NYT
The United Nations may recognize Palestine as a member nation: Gaza, west bank, Jerusalem.  That would give Palestine legal stature it has lacked til now.  And it would further isolate Israel. See the Times acccount.