World reacts to America's promised U.N. veto
Palestinians take part in a rally in the West Bank city of Nablus on February 24, 2011 to protest against a US veto that nixed a UN Security Council resolution on Israeli settlements and calling for unity between the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. (Getty Images)
September 23rd, 2011
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World reacts to America's promised U.N. veto

Editor's Note: Every week, the Global Public Square brings you some must-read editorials from around the world addressed to America and Americans. The series is called Listen up, America!

Israel – Diminishing American power means Israeli leaders have a “small window of opportunity” for an agreement, writes Leon Hadar in the Tel Aviv-based Haaretz.

“The failure to defeat the Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan, the specter of a nuclear Pakistan turning into a failed state, rising concerns about the decline of Iraq into a civil war after the U.S. withdrawal, the growing power of Iran and its regional satellites, the threat that the Arab Spring is posing to regimes that were willing at least to accept the U.S.-backed status-quo and the deadlocked Israel-Palestinian peace process − all these are clear indications that the era of Pax Americana in the Middle East is over.”

Lebanon – “Obama is resoundingly and definitively correct when he says there is no short-cut to a durable peace,” says an editorial in the Beirut-based Daily Star. “But the task isn’t impossible.”

“Popular uprisings have broken out in a number of Arab countries, where people have been paying attention to what Washington has said and done. For the most part, they have been disappointed, and they are certainly going to be disappointed by Obama’s latest stance on the region, a flagrant declaration of bias toward Israel and the kind of “same old” policy that has even less value in a year of dramatic change, the kind of change that Obama himself once promised.”

Saudi Arabia – “Et tu Obama?” is the headline in an editorial from the Jeddah-based Arab News.

“In his own words, Obama sought a “new way forward” with the world’s Muslims, reaffirming the message in his speeches in Ankara and Cairo. The U.S. leader squandered it all at the United Nations on Wednesday, in the ultimate betrayal and sellout of the cause of Middle East peace.”

United Arab Emirates – In a pair of editorials, Abu Dhabi’s National says of the Palestinian statehood bid,

“Nonviolent resistance and appeal to international opinion - which greatly favours the claims of the Palestinian people - pressures Israel in ways that suicide bombers and handshakes on the White House lawn never can."

The second editorial adds,

“The Palestinian Authority could have explained this U.N. bid much better, most importantly to its own people. As Israel arms its security forces and settlers in anticipation of violence, there is a danger that violence during Palestinian protests could undo whatever progress is made at the United Nations.”

Australia/Turkey/Oman – “[B]eing on the wrong side of history is never a comfortable position,” writes Australia’s former foreign minister in an op-ed for Project Syndicate, published by Muscat-based Times of Oman and Istanbul-based Zaman, among other news outlets.

“And that is exactly where the U.S., Israel, and its closest friends –including my own country, Australia - will be if they resist the tide of international sentiment in favour of moving now to recognise Palestinian statehood.”

Jordan/Canada –“[I]t is becoming harder and harder to believe that the United States is capable of negotiating a peace between the parties,” writes member of the Jordanian royal family Prince Hassan bin Talal in the Toronto-based Globe and Mail.

“To anyone on the outside looking in, including those of us who are good friends of America, the disconnect between rhetoric and action can only mean one thing: that the U.S. can’t be relied on to guarantee Palestinian rights as assiduously as it does Israeli rights, and that it lacks the heart and moral conviction to be a sincere and impartial partner for peace.”

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  1. Royal

    Obama is selfish. The way he was behaving, we thought he is going to bring real peace into middle east. Now he is changing his tone because of Jews vote in next American election.I do not think anyone will trust him anymore.

    September 24, 2011 at 12:16 am | Reply
  2. Jim Pearce

    You got THAT right.

    September 24, 2011 at 12:21 am | Reply
  3. Castle


    September 24, 2011 at 12:22 am | Reply
  4. ahmed

    Jim u r an idiot...where u get ur info? The tehran times?

    September 24, 2011 at 12:23 am | Reply
  5. ahmed

    Every conflict in the world involves muslims..and they have nothing to do with Israel...a blind person can see who the common denominator is..

    September 24, 2011 at 12:26 am | Reply
  6. Castle

    Yes right,

    September 24, 2011 at 12:26 am | Reply
  7. Jim111

    Netanyahu is like .... I know the truth.... the truth... stupid kid talks better....

    September 24, 2011 at 12:28 am | Reply
  8. John-Palestinian American. Born-in-California.

    My thought on this. So many people are judging and basing they're opinions on something they have never witnessed with they're own eye's. You have only herd what you are allowed to hear and have only seen what you are allowed to see. How do the Palestinian people feel? Rusty colored small increments of water, no food, no medical treatment, limited education and constant fear of another sneaky and unprecedented attack from Israel etc. Yet still non-violent and peaceful protests. Some in-humane treatment for good earth-loving people. Who not to mention only dream to be like Americans! If one ignorant terrorist gets a hold of a weapon designed and strategically placed to ruin any hopes of peace, that's exactly what it was intended for, the elimination of the peace process. Please do not allow a few bad apples to ruin it for the rest of these wonderful families like mine and yours, Israelis and Palestinians all deserve a chance. No terrorist group represents Palestine, the future is in the hands of the children we suppress each day. In-fact both nationalities have lived peaceful together before Ariel Sharon's reign of terror in the late 60's early 70's. And both need to live in peace with one another as loving neighbors now more than ever. The main issue I see is big government, greed and humans destroying life as we know it. Peace is the only chance this world has.

    September 24, 2011 at 12:33 am | Reply
    • NonZionist

      We get most of our information about Palestinians from Israel and Israel-firsters - from the very Zionists who have been trying to eradicate Palestinians for the last hundred years. This is like getting our information about Jews from the Third Reich.

      Much of the "history" we accept as fact has been whitewashed and twisted by the ZIonists, so as to make the invaders look like saints and the native people look like devils. The ethnic supremacy of the Zionists resonates with us. As a result, we make Israel our Model, our Standard, our Sacred Cow, never dreaming that 95% of the killing in Palestine is perpetrated by this "Paragon". So millions of Americans have been infected with the inverted worldview of the fascist, where the victim is always blamed and the big killer is never at fault. So many people misled. Absolutely and monstrously criminal.

      September 24, 2011 at 1:19 am | Reply
      • Rastaman

        My man, NonZionist! You are hitting it straight on the head. Well said.

        September 24, 2011 at 1:32 am |
      • John-Palestinian American. Born-in-California.

        Amazing, this entire time I felt like the only one who can hear the deception in their public statements. People are eating it right up. Sad, its time for someone to step up and be the bigger person(nation) and not have a "peace treaty" but outright "Declare" peace. I appreciate you folks for being so informed. We have a chance to put a stop to the spin life on earth has been tossed into and its the educated minds, good hearted people who will make it happen.

        September 24, 2011 at 2:55 am |
      • Dont Take The Brown Acid

        **** We get most of our information about Palestinians from Israel and Israel-firsters – from the very Zionists who have been trying to eradicate Palestinians for the last hundred years.

        Think VERY carefully about the words above....OK.....
        if Israel was really trying to eradicate the Palestinians, do you think there would be any left right now ?

        More propaganda from Lying Arab supporters.

        September 24, 2011 at 8:11 am |
  9. Castle


    September 24, 2011 at 12:37 am | Reply
  10. Castle


    September 24, 2011 at 12:42 am | Reply
  11. william gundry

    Palestenians want a state.they can't go to trans jordan because "they want their own" simple.the substantial problem of peace in the area has to be solved first. That's also simple. The formal argument for statehood is just an empty concept without peace. But how to achieve it? Any peace is achiavable in an agreement that's devoid of hypocracy, double talk and dishonesty. So try to figure.

    September 24, 2011 at 12:58 am | Reply
  12. km

    Tons of archaeological finds prove it to be Israeli/Jewish land.....not a trace of any for the "palestinians" they were only named that after 1967 by the aids riddled arafat.....

    September 24, 2011 at 1:00 am | Reply
    • giampaolo

      Those archeologists have an agenda. We have seen politicians use archeology to corroborate their arguments. I believe George Lucas made a trilogy about this phenomena in WWII.

      Archeology is an objective science. Archaeology tainted with a political agenda is a disservice to archaeology in general, and a fabricated road block to peace, in this situation particularly.

      September 24, 2011 at 7:51 pm | Reply
  13. km

    Hey dummy...there is no occupation because "palestinians" never had land nor a state to begin with...resolution 242 does not state anything about occupation and calls for defensible borders....that's it...the land did not ever belong to the mythical "palestinians..therfore the cannot claim land that did not belong to them to begin with....u pathetic muslims lose land after trying to destroy Israel and kill all the Jews then when you get your butts kicked over and over again you cry to the world....your home is in jordan syria lebanon etc....time to go back....oh ya...your muslim brothers don't want you either....

    September 24, 2011 at 1:08 am | Reply
  14. justice

    Oh please!!! Palestines and their propaganda. Just leave Israel live in peace,after all that's GOD's land, TO PALESTINE: YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU GETTING YORSELF INTO,FOR GOD IS A JEOLOUS GOD!!!

    September 24, 2011 at 1:12 am | Reply
  15. christrevolution

    Just so that you guys know. There is going to be "peace." The end is coming, and as much insults I can get for saying this you will see it with your own eyes. There is going to be a treaty signed for "peace" in the middle east. The economy is probably going to be in ruins in the next couple of years and you will see how all the countries in the world will unite to "save the world."

    September 24, 2011 at 1:15 am | Reply
  16. Mary

    This board is filled with hateful juvenile comments, proving we can't all get along and we are not ready to. I say build a wall around Israel that cuts through Jerusalem, mosques on one side, temples on the other. Someday when we are more highly evolved and civilized, we can break down the wall as they did in Berlin, when we prove we are ready.

    September 24, 2011 at 1:41 am | Reply
    • NonZionist

      Well said, Mary! Those juvenile racist spiteful messages are a symptom of our descent into fascism.

      Fascism is a moral inversion, a disconnect from reality, a retreat into utopian visions and delusions of past grandeur. That disconnect renders us superficial and soulless, a tree without roots. A poisonous nonsensical ideology of ethnic supremacy takes the place of reality. This ideology twists us and drives us insane.

      The physical damage the Zionists have inflicted on Palestinians over the last 63 years is horrific, but the spiritual damage they have inflicted on themselves is even more chilling. At least the Palestinians have managed to retain their humanity.

      The fascist overlords brazenly celebrate their INhumanity. What stupidity! They have built a 24-foot-high ghetto wall around themselves. With their contempt for human norms and international law, they have cut themselves off from the human race. What a perfect hell they have created for themselves! Seeing them makes me sad, but maybe I should just learn to laugh at these devils.

      September 24, 2011 at 3:38 am | Reply
      • Dont Take The Brown Acid

        *** NonZionist

        Remove the N O N from your name

        September 24, 2011 at 8:15 am |
  17. undfunguy7

    If the UN is going to condemn the conquest of terrictories that don't belong to them and mass genocide I guess they should recognize the Ghassanid Kingdom and give the land back to the Ghassanids (after all, they had it before the Palestinians). Oh wait, all the Arab and Christian Ghassanids (the true Arabs) were massacred by the Palestinians and there children forced into dhimmism. Support the restoration of the Kingdom of Ghassanid.

    September 24, 2011 at 1:41 am | Reply
  18. Sickened

    Congratulations to Zionist. They have finally attained World Domination by controlling the only superpower and global finance.


    September 24, 2011 at 1:48 am | Reply
  19. santa claws

    Santa claws is not only a wannabe ripper but a grim reaper of a ripoff and a pervert.

    September 24, 2011 at 1:51 am | Reply
  20. Roberto

    A simple solution to serve both Israelies and Palestinians:
    – Israel feels threatened in the region and surrounded by enemies. Palestinines feel their land is occupied.
    – The best friend of Israel is America and the best friend of US is Israel.
    Give one of our states to Israel, such as Delaware which is about the same size as Israel. The two friends will be right next to each other, protect each other, and strengthen the friendship. Palestinians will be no longer occupied and no one to blame any more. Both parties will be happy and birds of same feather will be flying together.
    If US cares so much about Israel and peace, this should be a very feasible solution to end an animosity that has lasted so many years.
    y will be right next to

    September 24, 2011 at 2:25 am | Reply
    • NonZionist

      Excellent point! If we love the Zionists so much, why give them territory that belongs to someone else? Why not give them a piece of our own territory?

      Zionists often justify their take-over by saying that the loss of one state in the Middle East is no big thing, since 22 states remain. Here in the U.S., they would have an even better justification: The loss of one state in 50 is even more trivial than the loss of one in 23.

      September 24, 2011 at 3:49 am | Reply
      • Thinker23

        NonZionist: Excellent point! If we love the Zionists so much, why give them territory that belongs to someone else?

        Can you NAME THE STATE the territory in question belongs to? Can you SHOW THE LEGAL DEEDS to prove it? Good luck!

        September 24, 2011 at 8:00 am |
    • giampaolo

      Brilliant, but the religion problem comes into play here, and the belief that "God wants then to be there," would prohibit such a practical solution.

      September 24, 2011 at 4:05 am | Reply
    • Dont Take The Brown Acid


      How about the Palestinians go back to thier own country, JORDAN.

      September 24, 2011 at 8:17 am | Reply
    • hr3

      GREAT IDEA!!!

      Let's work on it! I have 10000 $ in the bank that we can use to buy off senators and the congress. All we need is to find more money, create a lobby group like AIPAC, We'll call it The American Slavery Self-determination Public Affairs Committee (ASSPAC). What do you think?
      Everyone will be happy... until the zionists will start stealing land on other states by calling them terrorists after instigating it's neighbors...

      September 24, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Reply
  21. PM-H


    September 24, 2011 at 3:15 am | Reply
    • Dont Take The Brown Acid

      *** PM-H


      People like you have been saying this since 1948
      Israel is not going anywhere.

      September 24, 2011 at 8:19 am | Reply
  22. felix

    Peace is we need between the muslim and the christian isreal and palestinian deserve to live in peace with one another with one part of the world affect with pain it affect the other let alone with 2 countries that deserve our attention through prayers negotiation is the way out and fighting each other

    September 24, 2011 at 3:18 am | Reply
  23. giampaolo

    The majority of you people are disgusting. Consumed with hate, searching for angles, blindly and ignorantly outraging and becoming outraged.

    You are the garbage littering what could be clean streets. You are the inhibitors of peace. You are the outrageous and the outraged.

    Hitler came to power by manipulating people like you, and now the Palestinians are denied dignity by manipulating people like you.

    They deserve basic human rights, as we all do. The right to travel, the right to life, liberty, and property.

    The Jewish people, of all people, should know the sorrow that comes from having these rights chipped away.

    The Palestinian people deserve to live a life with Hunan dignity. And there's nothing outrageous about that.

    September 24, 2011 at 4:02 am | Reply
    • Jim

      You have summed up and clearly articulated the feelings of most "thinking" people regarding the total ignorance reflected by most of these posts. It's no wonder the world is in the state it's in. Reading these entries makes me realize what a truly stupid species mankind is. Einstein's assessment says it all: "It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity:"

      September 24, 2011 at 4:49 am | Reply
    • Thinker23

      giampaolo: A sovereign independent state was offered to Palestinian Arabs in 1948, 1967, 1978, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2009 and they've REJECTED it every single time. It is possible to OFFER them a state which they certainly deserve but one can not shove a state into the Palestinian collective throat against their will. Palestinians do not need Israel, the UN or anyone else to DECLARE statehood any day, if they wish. They did not and will not do it because a unilateral declaration of statehood will immediately put their newborn state AT WAR with Israel and Israel will have every right to use force in order to end the war. A more prudent way to create a Palestinian state would be to stop violence, recognize Israel and NEGOTIATE a peace agreement. Unfortunately, Palestinians are unable and unwilling to do it yet.

      September 24, 2011 at 7:02 am | Reply
      • hr3


        Booo hooo.. you want your mommy... Israel offered the Palestinians peace so that they become slaves!!! If the tables were turned and you were palestinian you would probably blow yourself up after you mother, father brother or sister were killed by the IDF the Israeli Death Force!
        So stop your whining and accept that the Palestinians are equal to israelis and that they have already conceded part of their land for the existence of the state of israel!

        They steal the land from the Palestinians and make them pay interest for a small part of it back... Israel must remember the suffering and persecution under the nazis in a different way... Jews were victims of inhumanity... today the Palestinians are the Victims of Zionist inhumanity (Not all jews ate zionists).

        September 24, 2011 at 12:33 pm |
  24. American truth

    Yes americas at fault for everything.....great we will sit back let them kill each other.when there done build a disneyland,walmart,and maybe a7-11

    September 24, 2011 at 4:16 am | Reply
  25. David

    Hmmm... what a surprise! "reaction all over the world" includes lebanon, saudi arabia, oman (paired with australia somehow, probably to add credibility), etc.. not a single european, south american or african paper quoted... It's also funny how according to cnn the reaction is very negative, while the reality is so far from it. Maybe it's time for cnn to get punished for promoting hate and divide, and falsifying information.
    As to all of you poor people who can't bear the suffering of palestinians living in such terrible conditions – why is it that you do not help them? Why is it that Israel and US provide more support to palestinians than all arab nations put together? Why is it that Egypt, or Jordan, or Lebanon have camps for palestinians, instead of making them citizens? Why do you always speak of peace while firing rockets? And lastly... while judaism and islam are extremely close in terms of making their followers think that they are the chosen ones – why hasn't anyone heard of jewish suicide bombers? That's right, the only reason for this conflict is the fact that if israel/palestine problem is gone people will start thinking about their own living conditions in their own countries. It is so much nicer to have a common enemy that can be blamed for everything. People will want to have freedom, education, wealth... not just the few – everyone! Palestinian mother loves her children as much as the Israeli one does. And neither wants them dead... try to argue with that. Oh right, I have forgotten: you win arguments by screaming the loudest......

    September 24, 2011 at 5:02 am | Reply
    • Semper Fidelis

      David – Congratulations on a superb post. You said it all in a well constructed comment. Thanks.

      I'm wondering why the media gave all the attention to Abbas? Netanyahu gave the speech of his life yesterday.

      September 24, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Reply
  26. John

    Fairy Tale Torah? No, the land if Israel in the Torah is no fairy Tale. Read the Taylor prism, your own race, an Assyrian king confirms that in 701 bc, he massacred Jews in Israel, but failed to take Jerusalem just like Isaiah said. It was uncovered in Ninevah, when Britain owned the globe in the 1800s

    September 24, 2011 at 5:05 am | Reply
  27. corrina

    I think Israel and Palestine should work things out themselves. they are neighbors and always will be. Maybe that will work. , sine nothing else has worked. They both have the right to live on this earth. peacefully and not kill each

    September 24, 2011 at 6:15 am | Reply
    • Thinker23

      If and when the Palestinians will produce leadership ABLE AND WILLING to stop violence, recognize Israel and ask for peace negotiations Israel will gladly agree.

      September 24, 2011 at 7:04 am | Reply
      • Semper Fidelis

        Abso-Blooming-Lutely! Amen to that!

        September 24, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
  28. leothefirst

    The fact that I have to read hate filled comments from both sides on a US webpage clearly shows why peace in the middle east will remain an illusion. It's not only a conflict between Israel and Palestinians, it's a conflict of special interest of countries trying to secure their influence in a region rich on oil. The US stands firmly behind Israel because they serve as an ally and outpost in the region. It's that simple. I have dear friends on both sides of the conflict parties and all they want is piece. But when the middle east is in piece, where do we, the Russians or China sell all our weapons to?
    It's sad. It's just very sad. We post hate filled comments from our safe and cozy living rooms and assume we can judge or even remotely understand people on both sides who have to deal with dead and war on a daily basis.
    This is what the world has become, a playground for struggling super powers, eager to somehow remain super powers. Everyone only cares about either of those conflict parties as long as it serves their very own interest.

    September 24, 2011 at 7:21 am | Reply
    • leothefirst

      and I realized that the auto correct on my cell pretty much s-ucks when it replaces peace with piece...

      September 24, 2011 at 7:26 am | Reply
  29. Keith

    What utter rot "the jews have always been the under dogs" that is no longer true, look at the naked show of Israeli power which is now throttling the ability of the American people to do the right thing, our elected representatives are COWARDS.
    Why are the Palestinians resorting to violence? the answer is simple, PEACEFUL METHODS DO NOT WORK.
    The Palestinians have been cast on the garbage heap of the world for over 60 years while their property and heritage has been stolen by Israel.
    Violence, no matter how repugnant, is their only recourse, American settlers fought a GLORIOUS AND HEROIC war for their FREEDOM, why can't the Palestinians do the same. We should be applauding the Palestinians for DOING WHAT WE DID TO GAIN FREEDOM.
    The Tea party is for FREEDOM, are they supporting the Palestinians right for their FREEDOM. If it is good for Egypt and Libya to rebel against a tyrannical regime then why shouldn't the Palestinians rebel against an equally tyrannical and brutal regime like Israel. Remember that all of the Israeli military machine is funded by US TAX PAYERS, you and me, if Israel wants to remain who they are then let them pay for it.
    Lets stop the hypocrisy and let freedom reign

    September 24, 2011 at 7:36 am | Reply
  30. Thinker23

    Keith: Peaceful methods did not and will not work because the Palestinians NEVER TRIED THEM. Further, as long as you maintain that "violence is their only recourse" you should not complain about its results. It's up to you to applaud the Palestinians willing to die trying to kill Israelis but in the end they'll only gain FREEDOM OF THE GRAVES.

    September 24, 2011 at 7:57 am | Reply
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