U.S. President Barack Obama will walk a fine line at the United Nations Wednesday when he is expected to urge the Palestinians to back off their bid for statehood without appearing to reverse his support for a two-state solution with Israel. Frustrated with the lack of progress with Israel towards a two-state option, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas is going directly to the UN. Obama, who has publicly favoured a two-state plan, now runs the risk of upsetting the Arab world and appearing to flip flop if he uses his veto-power to shut down the Palestinians' UN bid. But Israel, which remains one of America's closest allies, would be furious if Obama and the U.S. were to support the Palestinians.
The French and U.S. presidents planned to heap pressure on their Palestinian counterpart Wednesday in a concerted push to persuade Mahmoud Abbas to end his bid for full U.N. membership and to instead seek upgraded status in the world body.
Originally posted by Gwampo
reply to post by princeofpeace
For a name such as princeofpeace, you sure do talk like a warhawk
Originally posted by simone50m
Thanks for this news corrup, the Palestinian hope for statehood has been on my mind, and I try to follow whats going on with that situation. Every day, my President does something that enrages me further, because it is the opposite of what he represented at a much earlier time. Thank goodness there are only a few more months of his Administration left, I very much am convinced he will not be re elected. But I have been wondering what Ron Paul (or Michele Bachmann's) decisions on Palestinian statehood would be, were they to win.
(No, I don't want to think about Perry, lets not go there.......)
Originally posted by CasiusIgnoranze
The Middle East is probably going to have another major war by the end of this year anyway because of the way things are going right now...edit on 21-9-2011 by CasiusIgnoranze because: .
Originally posted by Corruption Exposed
reply to post by vedatruth
Gaza and the West Bank could be self sufficient minus a few imports if they were allowed to actually function as a society and grow.
The Israelis have bombed most of Gazan infrastructure such as factories, plumbing, and power. They are not allowed to rebuild due to the blockade and materials that have been deemed "illegal". The West Bank is under the constant threat of settlement expansion so there is not much that can be done there either at this time.
There is used to be lots of farm land for the Palestinians. The Israelis have taken most of it, and they have a habit of burning down and or poisoning the small amount of olive groves that remain. These are all facts, if you do not believe me I urge you to look into it.
In all reality Palestine could be just as successful as Israel if they were given the chance to rebuild and interact with the rest of the world. They have a dense population as well. They would be able to defend build their own army and similar organizations for defense.
I don't agree that the Palestinians should be spread out to neighboring countries. If anything the Israelis should be relocated back to Europe and the US. That would be much more logical considering how they all got into this mess.