Barack Obama ‘will veto’ Palestinian UN bid

From BBC:

Barack Obama has told Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas he will veto his bid for UN membership, as he tried to persuade him to drop the plans.

But Mahmoud Abbas vowed to press ahead during a meeting with the US president, the White House said afterwards.

Mr Obama had told the UN General Assembly a Palestinian state could only be achieved through talks with Israel.

But French President Nicolas Sarkozy warned a veto could spark another cycle of violence in the region.

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  1. Paulo,

    The United States are completely isolated internationally when it comes to the palestinian self-determination. It has vetoed the palestinian cause a number times, and that is the single reason it does not advance in the U.N. territory, even though the international comunity supports it. The world urges for peace in the middle east, but like it did in Egypt for decades, the U.S. stands on the way of democratic progress. That’s why the veto power must go.

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    • MacCrocodile,

      Sadly, there are places in the country (Florida for 21 electoral votes) that you cannot win unless the Jewish voters believe you are on their side, and that means unequivocally supporting Israel, even if that means getting on an international stage to trash on Palestine. If a politician even suggests that Israel should concede something, he might as well just retire before he’s even finished his sentence.

      Sadly, the fact that I’ve said that means I am now effectively ineligible for public office in the US.

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      • Paulo,

        1 Kings 18:17: When he (King Ahab) saw Elijah, he said to him, “Is that you, you troubler of Israel?”

        Being pro-Israel, on actual circumstances, is like being pro-Israel in the times of Ahab: is being anti-government, like Elijah was. And Chomsky is:

        http://youtu.be/YCtYecGbQz8?t=13m25s

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  2. mrclam,

    I love how O-lame-a keeps chastising the Pals for taking a “shortcut”. They’ve been waiting on the US and Israel decade after decade. How is this in any way a shortcut?

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  3. Justin,

    It does ring hollow. Where was the negotiation talk when Libyan rebels starting forming militias? In that case we backed and provided airstrikes against one side on behalf of the other. When it comes to Israel and Palestine however, only calm discussion will do. A calm discussion that shows no signs of happening.

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