Friday, August 26, 2011

How Very Diplomatic

A senior American diplomat reportedly warned on Friday that the United States would cut aid to the Palestinian Authority if it asks the United Nations to recognise a Palestinian state next month.

Daniel Rubinstein, the US consul general in Jerusalem, said the United States would veto any resolution in the Security Council. He threatened "punitive measures" if the PA moves forward with the statehood bid at the General Assembly.


Yo, Rube. Settle. They’re just asking. Can’t they even ask?

But a US State Department spokesman said in an e-mail that [Saeb Erekat, the Palestinian Authority's chief negotiator’s statement about Rubinstein’s remarks] "is not an accurate portrayal of the US position," and denied that Rubinstein made those comments.

Oh, yeah. Of course.

Several members of Congress - Democrats and Republicans alike - have already threatened to slash aid for the PA if it pursues the statehood vote.


The PA is expected to ask the UN General Assembly next month for "enhanced observer" status, which would give it standing on par with the Vatican.

How dare they!

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