Sunday, September 04, 2011

We Recognize the NTC in Libya Before the Fighting Is Done

But we will not recognize Palestine.

The Obama administration has introduced a plan to restart peace talks with Israel to try to convince Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to give up the bid to seek recognition at the annual meeting of leaders at the U.N. General Assembly, it said.

The administration has told Abbas it would veto any request made to the U.N. Security Council to make a Palestinian nation a new member, the Times said.


Senior U.S. officials and foreign diplomats, whom the Times did not identify, said the administration wanted to avoid having to cast a veto as well as a General Assembly vote that would leave only the United States and a few other nations opposed to Palestinian nationhood. .

  Raw Story

Yes, that would be pretty obvious, wouldn’t it?

The Times said that while some Obama administration officials were hopeful a compromise could be reached to avoid a vote, there were plans to limit the consequences if it took place, including efforts to ensure that Israel and the Palestinians keep cooperating on security in the West Bank and on Israel's borders.

May I ask how there can be any legitimacy in the US brokering “peace talks” between Israeli and Palestinian leaders? No wonder nothing ever comes of it.

But it said Washington lacked support to block a vote by the Assembly to raise the status of the Palestinians to a nonvoter observer state from that of a nonvoting "entity," which could allow them to join many U.N. bodies, and pursue cases against Israel at the International Criminal Court.

And good.

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