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
08:51 PM ET

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. Awabnavi

    Peace will DEFINITELY not come from DRAWN OUT negotiations as long as the US does not put its foot down firmly on Israel, and from the look of things the US is incapable of doing this. They will only go along with the ISRAEL PLAN of LONG DRAWN NEGOTIATIONS to NOWHERE.

    September 24, 2011 at 8:06 am | Reply
  2. TheBossSaid

    "World reacts to America's promised U.N. veto" – Umm, the article lists almost entirely Arab countries. That's the "world"?

    September 24, 2011 at 8:11 am | Reply
    • Dont Take The Brown Acid

      I also noticed the quotes are from newspaper journalists
      not heads of state.

      September 24, 2011 at 8:27 am | Reply
  3. Smartalec

    More Christians died under Hilter than did Jews. Many multiples of Russians died under Hitler than Jews. It all was a horrible stain on humanity, but only one of the aforemetnioned groups continually beats that drum. Israel has been illegally "settling" land for decades – all in the name of "border security". The settlers are very well armed. The United States has been controlled by it's Jewish minority for as far back as I can remember. Politicians feel compelled to ge their photo with a Jewish leader or better yet to travel to Israel on the U.S, taxpayers expense. Palestinians have so much despair, they'll blow themselves up attacking what they perceive as the root of thier misery. Indeed, it does appear that they are kept under lock and key. Give Palestine their statehood. Support them in their development. Give them half the aid that is given to Israel and see if they don't rise to the occassion. Stop being controlled by a minority with a chip on it's shoulder.

    September 24, 2011 at 8:14 am | Reply
  4. Alfredo

    All of you are obsessed with religious texts (which are fictional nonsense) or past events. The focus should be the present. Israel exists like it or not. Who'll be the boss of Palestine? Abbas? Hamas will never allow this. Muslims killing rival clans, Israel fighting with Palestinians, Ahhhh the middle east isn't it beautiful...

    September 24, 2011 at 8:29 am | Reply
    • Dont Take The Brown Acid

      Its the year 2011.
      Only backwards neanderthals still have clans.

      September 24, 2011 at 8:36 am | Reply
  5. Dont Take The Brown Acid

    The Palestinian PR machine is working overtime.
    So many posts on here screaming about starving Palestinians
    and yet a google picture search "Gaza Markets"
    brings up 2,240,000 hits showing stands full of fruits, breads, nuts
    clothing, just about anything you can think of.
    ----------------------------------------
    Concentration camp Gaza.
    is a lie.

    September 24, 2011 at 8:34 am | Reply
  6. Tommy frm Nigeria

    each comments here has an element of biases in it. though we from africa could only base our jugdement from what we read on hear on the national news channels. i think something is sure Isreal originally owns the land. am a muslim and looking at the koran and Bible as a bases of my analysis, my chapters in the koran and bible points out to certains things relating to jew. Isreal may not have occupied the land after certain wars like the ottman wars but the land originally belongs to them. most isrealis returned home after the WWII but the problem now is them reclaiming what was theirs a long time ago. Palestinians are basically arabs who migrated from neigbouring arab states. its now a horn lock between the owners of the land and care-takers.

    September 24, 2011 at 8:35 am | Reply
  7. bigwilliestyles

    Even if a State of Palestine were created, Israel would find some pretext to invade, conquer and occupy it within a year. Probably claim a "rocket" fell. I wonder where all those "rockets" were during the intefadas, when the Palestinians were filmed throwing stones against Israelis tanks.

    September 24, 2011 at 8:41 am | Reply
  8. Satish

    Only countries are mentioned in above news who do not support Palestine. But Russia, China, India etc countries support Palestine and they account more than 50% of world's population.

    September 24, 2011 at 8:41 am | Reply
  9. Frank Finnegan

    Israel is living with its head in the sand. They have become a disgrace in world opinion, and lack moral authority. If not for England and the US, they would not be able to have an apartheid state. Israel lies when they say they want peace; they go through the motions, steal more land in the meantime, and get billions from the US to buy weapons to kill the Palestinians. And for over seventy years. Enough talk and movies about about the Nazis. Let's start talking and making movies about the fascist state of Israel. Go Palestine! Note: There are many Americans who are afraid to speak the truth. Why?

    September 24, 2011 at 8:44 am | Reply
  10. Satish

    Almost whole world support Palestine, except North America and eastern Europe. Map of countries that will support Palestine's UN bid for statehood this month – http://imgur.com/gallery/DTWAK

    September 24, 2011 at 8:46 am | Reply
  11. Alfredo

    Will Palestine be like the other Muslim states? Syria, Pakistan, Egypt, Yemen, Libya etc. Great models for freedom and democracy just like the infighting between Fatah and Hamas. Palestine will be grand...

    September 24, 2011 at 8:51 am | Reply
  12. george

    The US and Israel are wrong. Face it. None of our presidents would face it. American Jews and Arabs won't face it. As long as we continue to stand firm for these failed negotiations, the rest of the world will see us as stubborn and autocratic, not to mention stupid.

    September 24, 2011 at 8:57 am | Reply
  13. Diane

    As an American citizen, I am absolutely tired of the phrase, you must negotiate with us at direct talks." The Palestinian people have for 44 years attempted negotiation with various Israeli governmentsm including Benjamin Netanyahu, to no avail. Every time the Isreaeli's have vowed to continue settlement building in the face of international law. They withdrew from Gaza. So what. The should have withdrawn completely from the occupide territories. Negotiations with Israel are an exercise in futility for the Palestinian people. How much longer must they "negotiate."? They have as much right to statehood as dose Israel. The U.N.'s own resolutions and proclamations over theose 44 years give the air of credibility to statehood. It is the right thing to do. NOW. Not 6 months or a year or another 44 years from now. I urge President Obama's Administration to change its mind and tone. Support the application of the Palestinian people for statehood. NOW.

    September 24, 2011 at 8:59 am | Reply
    • gia

      Obama wouldn't even have to go as far as supporting it. It'd be OK if he'd simply abstain instead of vetoing. A veto is nothing other than pure hypocrisy, given the US avowed stance toward freedom and liberty.

      September 24, 2011 at 11:55 am | Reply
  14. Tom

    The fundamental question is does Palastine and the Arab world recognize Israel? If not Palastinians will never enjoy a stathood. All comments from new papers above are selected from unpopular muslim supporting media to fool those who are jealous about Israel. Israel had streached their hand several times, but how can you deal with terrorist groups whose one and only objective is your total distruction?

    September 24, 2011 at 8:59 am | Reply
  15. Alfredo

    Silly humans in perpetual war. One day green martians will land and liberate the earth from this divine misinterpretation...

    September 24, 2011 at 9:04 am | Reply
  16. Diane

    Please excuse my bad typing today. I suspect, however, people will understand what I said. Additionally, let me say we have a golden opportunity here to truly foster peace in the region by not vetoing President Abaas's application for statehood. Should the U.S. do what it is expected to do, it will instead go a long way toward setting back the peace process for potentially another 44 years. President Obama, please take the risk, and stick your neck out, way out, for peace.

    September 24, 2011 at 9:05 am | Reply
  17. James Bowers

    Yeah, let's give the remaining remnants of the Nazi regime statehood. That is on the right side of history for sure.

    September 24, 2011 at 9:31 am | Reply
  18. SPQR

    What would happen if all the other security council members would vote in favor ?

    September 24, 2011 at 9:40 am | Reply
  19. SPQR

    If I would have been Abbas I would walked up to the podium right then and there when Netanyahu said lets start negotiations right now and said " Mr. Netanyahu I accept your offer lets start talks right now infront of of the U.N., infront of the world"

    September 24, 2011 at 9:45 am | Reply
  20. SCAtheist

    Israel is not a US ally. They partner with the US Jewish community and the rapturists to use the rest of us. It's time to do the right thing and let them take care of themselves.

    September 24, 2011 at 9:50 am | Reply
  21. grant

    With the Obama/U.S. veto,we have undeniable proof of the inequity of human rights in this assinine upside down World Order.Choosing the rights of Israeli's over those of Palestinians makes the entire Middle East Peace process a joke.It is time for the world to recognize the U.S./ Israeli peace efforts for what they are,a farce especially in consideration of the U.S. meddling and antagonizing throughout the Arab Spring uprisings supposedly all in the name of democracy and human rights.What an amazing croc of camel dung.As a Canadian,the U.S. was my respected neighbor but that was long ago.Obama has sullied their world standing even further and the world knows it.

    September 24, 2011 at 9:51 am | Reply
  22. EffortPA

    You cannot continue to do what you know it hasn't worked for 44 years. It is time to try a different approach. For at least 44 years, we have given billions and billions of dollars in aid to the Israelis, and that has not produced a peace agreement, so why don't we try stopping all aid to the Israelis and see how that works? It seems to me that the Israelis are actually profiting from the conflict that they created and they have no intention of changing the status quo. As Albert Einstein once said, "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."

    September 24, 2011 at 10:02 am | Reply
  23. Michigan_Joe

    It is so amazing to see the Arab world support the Palestinians by words, but is also quite notable that these wealthy countries have cut off or diminished their aid to the Palestinians. If we stop to analyze this we will find that the wealth alone in the Arab world could have put Palestinians in great shape yet they still have trouble surviving. Just why aren't they funding the Palestinians yet capable of inflaming the whole region? And why is it that these same Arab nations, refuse Palestinians to immigrate into their countries? The Arab world could have done much more but chose not to help and continue their blind eyed approach.

    September 24, 2011 at 10:05 am | Reply
  24. MirrormanXKL

    HOW MUCH? How much is this going to cost before its all over? The Jews and Arabs have to live in peace. This is what is good for them, and more importantly THIS IS WHAT IS GOOD FOR US! We need a return TO LAW and a return to what is RIGHT for democracy to thrive on the world stage. WHAT WE DONT NEED IS RELIGIOUS WARS AND WE SURE AS HELL SHOULD NOT BE FUNDING THEM! Americans must at last understand, that common sense is our best ally. Yeah, its a little boring, a little old, maybe sometimes a little stale, but its our daily bread. THIS IS HOW WE SURVIVE!

    September 24, 2011 at 10:19 am | Reply
  25. dr seuss

    Israel is an apartheid state, it cannot sustain it's self without persecuting and repressing the native people of the region. Like a city below sea level, surrounded by levees .. eventually the sea wins.

    September 24, 2011 at 10:26 am | Reply
    • Thinker23

      What is 'APARTHEID', Doctor? Please consider that Israel is the ONLY state in the Middle East where ALL citizens have the very same equal rights guaranteed by Israeli laws regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender or religion.

      September 24, 2011 at 11:45 am | Reply
      • dr seuss

        Apartheid is define as a policy or system of segregation or discrimination on grounds of race.

        Yes, Israel is guilty of apartheid against it's Palestinian population. If you need an example, let's start with this. In Israel, different rights apply for Jews and for non-Jews. For example the law of return of 1950 says Jews can return to Israel and be given citizenship even if they have no links to the country other than mythical biblical ones; whereas Palestinians cannot return even if their parents or grandparents lived there.

        September 24, 2011 at 11:56 am |
      • Thinker23

        Dr. Zeuss: You're rorrect that apartheid is a a policy or system of segregation or discrimination on grounds of race. Israeli law ofreturn can not be used as an example of such segregation as it applies to individuals who are NOT Israeli citizens. In addition, this law DOES NOT discriminate against anyone by giving the Jews automatic right for Israeli citizenship while all others have equal right to apply for such citizenship. It's up to Israel to decide who can and who can not come and settle in Israel just as it is up to every other state to make such decisions or to YOU to decide who can and who can not come and settle in your home.

        September 24, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
  26. Mark Levy

    Vive la Palestine Libre!
    Long Live Palestine!!

    and this coming from a jew!! not from an extremist jew,not from a racist zionist1

    September 24, 2011 at 10:32 am | Reply
    • Thinker23

      Now... if only you were able to call for a PEACEFUL Palestine I would second you.

      September 24, 2011 at 11:42 am | Reply
    • John

      You are not a Jew. You are a mixed race and since you reject Moses law, you cannot be a Jew. It is that simple

      September 24, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Reply
      • giampaolo

        And you, my good man, are an absolutist. And we all know, only a Sith deals in absolutes.

        September 25, 2011 at 2:22 am |
  27. SconnieGuz

    Man the world is a bunch of crybaby sissies. Why should we allow the muslim world to bully Israel? Every one of the stinking muslim sh!thole countries would make Israel disappear tomorrow if they could. They are not interested in peace. They continue to bully their way into Europe...bully their way into the USA....bully Israel over fairy tales. The muslim world continues to be the aggressor and the world will be a better place once the free world gives the muslim world the war they keep asking for. Cut all foreign aid and military support NOW.....ungrateful little b!tches will have a day when you're crying for the USA to get involved (Libya anyone) and we will be happy to say HE LL NO.

    September 24, 2011 at 10:43 am | Reply
  28. john b

    As an ISRAELI born I can see how much I'm loved by most of the world. I think most of you don't know there are only about 20 million Jews in the world, that is because most of us were murdered. yes. so keep on talking stupid things about my people, its not going to help you. We have power and control in Israel, thank GOD. And yes we are not worried of your capabilities, since we have ours, and for those don't know, allot of our military capabilities are home made, yes ISRAELI not AMERICAN. Thanks for stopping to use profanity against us, it those not help you.

    September 24, 2011 at 11:00 am | Reply
    • dr seuss

      The Holocaust was horrible, everyone acknowledges it (except for Ahmadinejad, but who cares about him). The tragedy of that time in history does not give you or anyone else the right to subjugate another group of people. You are effectively mistreating the Palestinians and trying to justify it by someone else's mistreatment of you. It doesn't work and no one buys it. What you are doing is evil and evil never wins.

      September 24, 2011 at 11:42 am | Reply
    • gia

      Bingo! That's what the turning tide in American opinion supports: to let you fend off for yourself, with YOUR capabilities and YOUR money. Enough of this peace brokerage farce in which the US was really Israel's attorney, at the expense of justice and fairness! We have our own issues, and should be focusing resources on those, instead of enduring the consequences of supporting an ungrateful "ally".

      September 24, 2011 at 11:48 am | Reply
  29. Ivar

    I do not understand all this hullabaloo about Israel settling the occupied territories. In fact it is a good thing because once Israel takes over the whole of Palestine, they will no longer be majority Jewish and thus will have lost their soul. Land grab has its consequences! The Palestinians should just sit back and reproduce themselves into a majority, as they are doing already. I do not think that the world will countenance a genocide, the only way to keep Israel majority Jewish,even if US will want to look the other way. There is no way Israelis are going to come ahead in this fight! Smart Jews know this already!

    September 24, 2011 at 11:04 am | Reply
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