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

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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. Deharry

    Solution #2.

    Israel sells all of the settlements to the Palestinians,money coming from Saudi Arabia. All of the displaced Palestinians now living in camps and tents will move in the now vacant settlements. Both problems solved, the Israelis get a price maybe double the value of the settlements, so they do not refuse and the refugees have a decent place to live, all within the West Bank.

    September 24, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Reply
    • Thinker23

      Nice try but no cigar... The reason your "Solution #2" will not work is pretty simple. For it to work a PEACE AGREEMENT between Israel and the Palestinians is necessary. As of now the Palestinians are UNWILLING and UNABLE to negotiate peace.

      September 24, 2011 at 6:48 pm | Reply
  2. grant

    It seems that Israel's two greatest fears with Palestinian statehood has everything to do with potential actions upon Palestinian recognition.1) Palestine could and should cite Israel for countless acts against the code of the Human Rights Council and 2) Accusations of International war crimes.Both fears are justified and if the U.S. and the remainder of the Security Council had any balls these transgressions would have already been dealt with but then how can the kettle call the pot black?

    September 24, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Reply
    • Thinker23

      Israel has no "fears" with Palestinian statehood. The Palestinians, however, should have a lot of fears about it. You see, UNILATERAL declaration of Palestinian statehood will put the newborn Palestinian state AT WAR with Israel giving Israel EVERY RIGHT to end the war by forcing the Palestinian STATE to ask (or rather, BEG) for peace. The tale about "poor stateless oppressed Palestinians" will not work anymore... and, by the way, Israel will be able to cite Palestine for countless acts of terrorism the Palestinian leadership will become responsible for from the moment it declares statehood.

      September 24, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Reply
    • Steve

      The fear of Israel is that borders would be established.. and then their expansion ends.

      And since the UN resolutions defined the borders as in 1967, Israel will shrink its dominon in Palestine.

      Israel is scared, and they and their allies support the status quo. an untethered leash

      September 24, 2011 at 7:52 pm | Reply
  3. American

    KB3LVP, Arthur, I have one question, how did you get this ability to forsee the future? Hamas also has offered the citizens of their area of control, many positive programs such as education and medical care. Before Israel was founded many acts of violence were committeed against the British by Jewish terrorists. If the World is against Israel, is it not time for Israel to wonder why everyone hates them? If no one would talk to you on your ham radio, would you not wonder what you had done wrong?

    September 24, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Reply
    • Thinker23

      Great logic, American! If I hate you it means that YOU're at fault...

      September 24, 2011 at 6:55 pm | Reply
      • Steve

        thinker23.

        Yep, that is usually the way it works. You make the bed you lie in.

        Jews are hated throughout history because they have sown that hate throughout history.
        They like to claim that it is not that, but they are some scapegoat, or blamed for something that happened 2,000 years ago. BUt that is not it.. it is them, what they are, how they are in dealing with others.

        Why can't they simply admit that and try to be better people? Some have, and those didn't are the ones who could not learn.

        September 24, 2011 at 8:04 pm |
    • KB3LVP

      To me it seems logical look what happened in Gaza after Isreal left. Hamas has done a lot of good but the fact remains there will be no peace in the Middle East if each side will not stop trying to obliberate each other. At some point Abbass has to reconize Isreal and Isreal will have to do the same with the Palistineans but because Hamas will never recognize Isreal and is stronger militarily than Abbass io the West Bank so at some point Hamas will take over the West Bank either by the election process or by a military coup.

      September 25, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Reply
  4. Dan

    Just another case of history repeating itself. The early american settlers pushed the natives off their land and destroyed the culture and justified it with religion. Manifest destiny was the term. The natives did not have a central government or building permits for thier teepees so it was perfectly ok to take the land. The outnumbered and out- gunned natives fought back with violence. Violated treaties and forced removal pushes people to retaliate. I guess the native americans were terrorists too.

    September 24, 2011 at 7:00 pm | Reply
  5. Roko-Jiope T. BALAWANILOTU

    Obama is neither wrong nor right when he says "there is no short cut to peace". He means he cannot see it. But there has always been a short cut to everything, an easier way of doing things, a better alternative for humankind. Humankind, however, has always chosen the more difficult route. It relies on its own wisdom. It plagiarizes divine concepts and twists them around into incoherent nonsense. Humankind repeatedly digs up from the abyss of darkness non-essential philosophies which have outlived their use by dates. The short cuts lie in modern concepts divinely intended to deal with modern day social issues. This connotes mankind cannot solve age-old afflictions with out of date concepts. It must look to the source of all wisdom for He, since May 23 1844, revamped the civilizing processes by which His creations must drink their potions to cure their afflictions. He is represented in the United Nations, if you only knew where to look. Might I add that Obama is absolutely correct when he alludes to a new Springtime. Look therein.

    September 24, 2011 at 7:05 pm | Reply
  6. swayzee

    Up next.... Armegeddon....Good luck to us all.

    September 24, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Reply
  7. Helene

    Palestinians have the right to have their own statehood and should be granted that right. I remember watching Yasser Arafat, Yitzhak Rabin and Bill Clinton at the Oslo Accords signing ceremony in 1993. Since that time there has been nothing, but talk. Israelis will keep delaying any change. I am very happy Mahmoud Abbas made his move. I look forward to the day when Palestinians can live in peace and prosper economically.

    September 24, 2011 at 7:30 pm | Reply
  8. mlg

    How can the world take the us seriously when are government can't get there act together. No longer do nations bow to us power, they hold there staunch opinions and objections. We need to withdraw from militarily from the world theater and focus on our shores. It will also save the budget, if at all costs relocate isrealis to the us before war starts. Through diplomatic failure the list of allies has grown too thin. We merley bribe with aid or threaten militarily to achive allies. The world is changeing and it it not a war to win. We don't want to end up like britan in the colonial times losing there military might and being at the mercy of those around our country and relying on other nations to protect the usa. We must withdraw regroup and reorganize.

    September 24, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Reply
  9. Mike

    I would give my left foot to understand why islam is linked to violence!! It does seem they are still fighting the Jihad trying to convert the whole world! Can anyone point out a nation where Islam dominates and peace reigns supreme? Is islam a religion of violence or are we making it look so?

    September 24, 2011 at 7:42 pm | Reply
    • Steve

      mike, what nation does peace reign supreme? certinaly not the US.

      Rank nations according to the level of violence, casualties, human despair inflicted by their Armies?

      the US, UK, Israel stand at the top of the list.

      September 24, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Reply
    • Lamin

      Mike, it seems like you need to travel and see the world. Islamic counties are more peaceful than the US. You think the Palestinian people are fighting for the jews to be muslims? Wrong. They want their land back and they want the jewish people to stop invading their land and stop making them refuges in their own land. There is nothing regious in this conflict. Islam is peaceful, go read the books, make yourself aware.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:38 am | Reply
  10. PhilG.

    I thought the idea of getting up and calling out the entire world to say where they stood by actually calling for a Palestinian state was brilliant.

    If you lived in an area without any political presence in the world ,save that as a people used as a proxy force,
    by surrounding Arab nations to provide a low scale constant war against Israel.

    Would you not want to give these people a sense that they have their own nation and hence can start to form a nation that does'nt need to accept the money provided by nations hostile to both Israel and the Palestinian people.

    Which is certainly true because that money comes only with the cost of Palestinian lives as a point of trade?

    I fail to see the threat to Israel in uniting a people so they can resist threats from all sides -not just Israel.

    September 24, 2011 at 7:53 pm | Reply
  11. A Khan

    So many years the Palestinian peoples just waited for a negotiated peach with the help of our country, the super power, the United States but in reality, no presidency could make it successful. Obama's speech this time didn't reflect any proper actions or any road maps. The arrogance talk should be removed go way from both sides and the Palestinians should treated justly and we should support for a new Palestinian state. This should be the slogan from our views on democracy, otherwise our talks are all non-democratic.

    September 24, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Reply
  12. zion101

    All of you arm chair generals make me laugh, when you all expound your idea's of what will happen in the M.E. when all that you are, and amount to, is not much at all. Your ignorant hatred of Israel is just what you have been brainwashed to think, because otherwise, you would have to face the truth about the demented leaders that you have and the mistakes that you have made in the past, and will keep making, and the only outcome is that you dig yourselves into a deeper hole. Honestly, we don't want the pals as neighbors, because of the murder through suicide bombs etc. and we want them gone to Jordan – where they already have a leader. Abbas (with his Doctorate in holocaust denial) has a Jordanian passport, and you all will have one soon, and we shall re-claim our land – Judea and Samaria, because the pals have no idea how to build a country, and don't want one anyway, or they would have sat down with bibi and negotiated it. When the pals love their children more than war, there will be peace, but by then they will all be in Amman, and if they bomb us, we will simply bomb them right back.

    September 24, 2011 at 8:42 pm | Reply
    • Steve

      I rest easy knowing that as time progresses, history will repeat. The loss of Israel will become an arab spring.

      September 24, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Reply
  13. Human_Person23

    Look, everyone should really take a look first at the "other sides" point of view then talk. If people did that, then nearly every war in history would probably be avoided.

    September 24, 2011 at 11:29 pm | Reply
  14. Theend

    "un chef est un marchand d'espérance" - Napoléon

    September 24, 2011 at 11:38 pm | Reply
  15. Mike

    the U.S has the most powerful military in human history. be thankfull we dont follow the delusional visions of dictators.

    @Semper Fidelis....you are @ best delusional to b elieve that your US ARMY is better than Chinese! Look in terms of Numerical strength,the New DungFeng Missile that can take out warships in any ocean.American army dominance and superiority is coming to a sorry end as it is the country is BROKE and WARS cost MONEY!! As for Palestine,if they cannot have the 2 state option the world body has approved since 1948, may their IED's keep exploding on their faces.

    September 25, 2011 at 1:49 am | Reply
    • Awabnavi

      The US is broke and will soon DEFAULT on its loans and that will make CHINA very angry. So its a dangerous situation. The Chinese just might take their POUND OF FLESH by unleashing destruction against the US. So look out.

      September 25, 2011 at 5:19 am | Reply
  16. abu

    China and Russia should support freedom fighters in Gaza and West Bank by supplying arms and training to the Palestinian freedom fighters, fighting against an occupation force.

    September 25, 2011 at 4:12 am | Reply
  17. abu

    Israel was created without any negotiation, and simply carved out by the major powers of that time. The same can be done today if the major powers just carved out a piece of land and called it an independent Palestine state. But of course the two neighbours then ought to learn to live side by side on a "Live and let live" basis, and tolerate each other even if they don't love each other.

    September 25, 2011 at 4:18 am | Reply
    • Lamin

      right on the money, dude.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:26 am | Reply
  18. KRM1007

    Note how India is on the wrong side of history on this one. But watch how they line up to reap the benefits.

    September 25, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Reply
  19. kolamba

    How does giving Palestine an official nation status be a stumbling block for peace? or is it that Israel wants to keep all the booty she has stolen over the last decades?

    September 26, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Reply
  20. s king

    Israel has shown nothing but BAD faith in the Middle East. They even Spy on US.!! Did we ask Germany to set up Israel???? More stupidity ..Palestine needs to be recognized now!! Obama is the real waffler Shame on him for caving into the zionist lobby ..

    September 27, 2011 at 9:14 am | Reply
    • Lamin

      Just in case you do not know, Isreal was not set up by Germany, The Brits (England) did and now it is the job of the US to protect Isreal and Isreali interests. Well you can't defend a lie for ever.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:24 am | Reply
  21. TXJack

    Let’s get a few things straight people.

    The proposed Jewish state Israel, was suggested by the Zionist representatives at the 1919 Paris Peace Conference, prior to that it never existed.

    However first clear use of the term Palestine to refer to the region synonymous with that defined in modern times was in 5th century BC.

    The Israelis and the Palestines are both from the same father Abraham. The 1st son of Abraham was by a slave woman and then when Sarah had her own son, the 1st son was banned to the desert. That is where Palestines came from.

    So from the beginning of time until the end of time there will be unrest there.

    It is not about the US helping Israel so we could have oil. The US had Oil wells there long before the state of Israel was established.

    Do you think that the Arabs that were living in the desert and living in tents drilled the oil wells?
    It is all about politics and who really runs the US Government. Think about it.

    Prior to WW2 we did not have this problem, but since then it has bee then US burden and not the UK to the UN.

    This needs to end..

    After all the US is Broke. I don't see Israel or Palestine help us out.

    The US need STOP supporting them and let them work it out.

    I say it is time to end the Marshall Plan and stop the US Welfare World Plan.

    We need to get our own House in order again.

    September 27, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Reply
  22. Lamin

    I just want to express my content seeing the Palestinian people standing up for themselves since no one ever will. It is high time they get alies and protectors and start building and growing from within. Push on, that's what I say. When the truth arrives lie is bound to fade away.

    September 28, 2011 at 12:52 am | Reply
  23. Allocer

    Niether side deserves the land

    September 28, 2011 at 10:17 am | Reply
  24. Enough of importance for Israel

    Israel has received undue importance. Enough of this. They have to start sharing and cooperating and stop acting as if the whole world including Arabs want to eat them alive.
    There are many countries in the world that share borders with not-so-friendly countries ex: India/Pakistan; South/North Korea.
    Israel – learn from them.
    Undue importance to Israel is also one of the reasons why America is facing its problems. Israel – Stop acting as a crying baby. Many civilizations have suffered. You did as well. Now...that is a small chapter in our human histroy.

    October 1, 2011 at 8:18 am | Reply
  25. Fred

    The US veto is undemocratic. Palestinians have the right to exist. They want a country. They want sovereignty.

    Why VETO the Palestinian's the right to live in a democratic country, but push for freedom in Syrian Libya.
    Israel is recognized internationally within the 1948 borders. Palestinians deserve the same.

    October 1, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Reply
  26. MichaelMRW

    The real issue is LAND. Can land that for hundreds of years has been controlled by Islamic control be relinquished to non Islamic control? The Palestinians never had a country. They were always a people who lived as guests on land controlled either by the Ottomans or another Dominant Islamic, albeit after WWI the Brits. The crux of the problem began when the UN authorized the Jewish State of Israel.

    And it is still a raw issue with the Arabs of all countries. They are not willing to give up land to an Infidel.

    October 1, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Reply
  27. Elizabeth

    I think that it is obvious that Israel is trying by all means to halt Palestinian statehood for several reasons:
    -they dont want to loose their control over Palestine, because they know that all Arabs hate Israel, so arms will be smuggeled to the Gaza Strip via Egyptian border and down from Turkish vessels, as well as the West bank through Jordan.If Palestinian soveriengty is granted, Israel will not have blockade or control of it's borders, allowing arms to go through to stage a war against Israel.
    2. Israel wqould not have dominion over the Palestinians themseleves. over 40% of the population of the Gaza strip is under the age of 15, making the way for a large amount of Palestinian Jihadists and soldiers. If Israel opresses them, preventing them from adequate education and food, they need not worry about a future propsperous Palestinian generation capable of taking over Israel.
    3. Palestinian independance would mean that Israel would no longer have any jurisdiction in the West Bank or Gaza strip. Israel uses their occupation as a way to establish Jewish settlements. They create towns and settlements in the West Bank which they could not do without having a military presence there. Israel does not just want to keep jurisdiction over their current land mass right now, but they want to colonize the West Bank and make it a future part of Israel. This will not happen if Palestine becomes a state. This is the biggest reson why Isrrael does not want Palestine to become a state, because they WANT Palestine for themseleves.

    October 1, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Reply
  28. Paul Sabino

    I am a christian.
    I want israelis out of the settlements.
    And I want the palestinians and arabs to leave Israel ALONE.
    As a christian I believe Ezequiel 37, the joining of the dry bones.
    And Ezequiel 38 and 39, which shows that there is going to be an Invasion of Israel and Armageddon at Megido.
    Such invaders will be wiped out.
    Current attackers of Israel should also be wiped out; for every rocket a villaged should be raised to the ground eventually there are no more mental retards throwing rockets.

    October 2, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Reply
  29. Clinton

    huh.... lot of people here for some reason think that the Palestinians are in some sort of position to negotiate.... now i'm a Christian from America, I don't have a stake in this necessarily, but i do know that Israel probably is not going to recognize Palestine... and they don't have to... people call it good people call it evil depending on which side of the fence you're on... here's my take... The United States and Great Britain recognized the Country of Israel after the Jews were persecuted in Europe... The Jews have traditional, historic and religious ties to this land... and so do the Palestinians.. It's a difficult situation... but the bottom line is... the US is not going to assist in the destruction of Israel... and honestly at this point, we couldn't... Israel stands on it's own at this point... they're a financially and Militarily strong country.... I think what is wrong here is that the rest of the world is hating on the US about this situation and blaming us for Palestine not getting statehood.... when the honest answer is, it's not our choice... if Palestine tried to succeed and create it's own state... Israel would stop them... and the US isn't going to attack Israel... so... there ya go... nothings going to change... Palestinians should just get over it

    October 3, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Reply
    • Semper Fidelis

      Good post, Clinton. May I add a couple of things?

      # Britain, USA and 74 countries of the UN voted for a dual state in 1948. Israel accepted. The arab world refused and demanded the annihilation of Israel.

      # The current Palestinians originated on the Ionian Penninsular probably Ctere. According to experts. They have no claim

      # Archaeologists recently discovered remains of King David's palace and other Jewish artifacts dating back 4,000 years. The Israelis DO have a claim

      # The 'illegal' housing in Israel is being built on the Israeli-annexed area of Jerusalem under civil and municiple law

      Why do people swallow propaganda and ignore important FACTS.

      October 9, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Reply
      • Semper Fidelis

        Sorry friend – it should read "The Ionian Penninsula probably CRETE.

        October 9, 2011 at 6:50 pm |
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