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Fri Nov 30, 2012, 01:15 PM

AIPAC Calls For Review Of U.S.-Palestinian Ties

Source: JTA

By Ron Kampeas · November 30, 2012
WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The American Israel Public Affairs Committee called for a "full review" of the U.S. relationship with the Palestine Liberation Organization, including shutting its Washington office, in the wake of its obtaining non-member state status at the United Nations.

"In requesting this action, PLO Chairman Mahmoud Abbas is effectively turning his back on talks with Israel and destroying his credibility as someone genuinely interested in a serious peace process," AIPAC said in a statement after the U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly approved non-member state status for the PLO ion Thursday evening, 138 to 9 with 41 abstentions.

"Congress has specifically linked continued aid and the operation of the PLO office in Washington to the Palestinians not seeking statehood status at the United Nation," it said. "AIPAC applauds this congressional leadership and urges a full review of America’s relations with the PLO, including closure of the PLO’s office in Washington."

In fact, laws passed by Congress to date impose penalties for full U.N. membership, not the non-member status obtained Thursday.

Read more: http://www.jta.org/news/article/2012/11/29/3113201/aipac-calls-for-review-of-us-palestinian-ties

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Reply AIPAC Calls For Review Of U.S.-Palestinian Ties (Original post)
Purveyor Nov 2012 OP
atreides1 Nov 2012 #1
leftynyc Nov 2012 #2
closeupready Nov 2012 #4
leftynyc Nov 2012 #8
closeupready Nov 2012 #14
frylock Nov 2012 #7
leftynyc Nov 2012 #10
frylock Nov 2012 #31
leftynyc Nov 2012 #34
frylock Nov 2012 #49
1StrongBlackMan Nov 2012 #32
leftynyc Nov 2012 #35
byeya Nov 2012 #37
leftynyc Nov 2012 #39
leveymg Nov 2012 #41
cali Nov 2012 #44
plethoro Nov 2012 #55
pennylane100 Dec 2012 #58
DisgustipatedinCA Nov 2012 #9
leftynyc Nov 2012 #12
closeupready Nov 2012 #15
leftynyc Nov 2012 #21
closeupready Nov 2012 #25
leftynyc Nov 2012 #26
byeya Nov 2012 #38
leftynyc Nov 2012 #40
cali Nov 2012 #45
azurnoir Nov 2012 #17
hifiguy Nov 2012 #20
leftynyc Nov 2012 #23
choie Nov 2012 #27
leftynyc Nov 2012 #28
frylock Nov 2012 #51
Alamuti Lotus Nov 2012 #46
frylock Nov 2012 #52
plethoro Nov 2012 #56
John2 Nov 2012 #22
leftynyc Nov 2012 #24
cali Nov 2012 #43
Mosby Dec 2012 #60
kickysnana Nov 2012 #53
closeupready Nov 2012 #3
msongs Nov 2012 #6
Mosby Dec 2012 #61
Dont call me Shirley Nov 2012 #33
PerceptionManagement Nov 2012 #42
LiberalArkie Nov 2012 #5
earthside Nov 2012 #13
leftynyc Nov 2012 #36
FarCenter Nov 2012 #11
azurnoir Nov 2012 #16
KamaAina Nov 2012 #18
azurnoir Nov 2012 #19
TomClash Nov 2012 #29
1StrongBlackMan Nov 2012 #30
kelliekat44 Nov 2012 #47
ItsTheMediaStupid Nov 2012 #48
L0oniX Nov 2012 #50
BlueMTexpat Nov 2012 #54
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Odin2005 Dec 2012 #59

Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 01:22 PM

1. No

AIPAC can go pound sand! If the US Congress wants to cut aid and shut the PLO office down then Congress needs to grow a pair and do it without a unelected entity giving them their marching orders.

AIPAC, Norquist, Bozell...personally I've reached the point of not giving a tinker's damn about what any of them have to say...AIPAC can always pack its ass off the end of a pier...the sooner the better!

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Response to atreides1 (Reply #1)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 01:25 PM

2. Time to grow up

The Palestinians knew what they were doing (I'm assuming) when they called for the vote yesterday and were well aware there would be consequences. I guess they think they can make up the aid they're not going to get from the US somewhere else. Their choice.

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Response to leftynyc (Reply #2)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 01:28 PM

4. They likely will get the aid from somewhere else.

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Response to closeupready (Reply #4)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 01:36 PM

8. Really? Where?

Which country has ever said they just can't wait to send more aid to the Palestinians? They're still waiting for the aid promised from their Arab "brothers".

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Response to leftynyc (Reply #8)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 01:50 PM

14. Somewhere - and even if not, they don't care. They aren't for sale.

They want self-determination.

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Response to leftynyc (Reply #2)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 01:33 PM

7. yes, it is time for AIPAC to grow up and quit their continous whining

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Response to frylock (Reply #7)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 01:39 PM

10. You're in fantasyland

I doubt very much AIPAC "whines" any more than the NRA, AARP or any other lobbying organization - in fact, it's their job. I'm guessing you're another who thinks the rest of America agrees with your position on this issue. You're another one who is wrong.

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Response to leftynyc (Reply #10)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 03:43 PM

31. americans are fucking stupid, and i rarely care what the general population thinks..

you may want to look back at that vote total, because the US and Israel got scoreboarded. big time.

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Response to frylock (Reply #31)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 03:49 PM

34. And it'll change nothing

That's what you don't seem to understand. Lovely that you treat the whole subject like a sports event. I doubt the general pop cares much about what you think either.

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Response to leftynyc (Reply #34)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 07:06 PM

49. right, and that's why the neocons have their panties all twisted over this..

because it will change nothing. mmmm hmmmm. then why beef about? and how will i ever manage because gen pop doesn't care about me? oh, the horror.

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Response to leftynyc (Reply #10)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 03:44 PM

32. Wow ...

I'm guessing you're another who thinks the rest of America agrees with your position on this issue. You're another one who is wrong.


Re-read that ... then, look into a mirror.

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Response to 1StrongBlackMan (Reply #32)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 03:50 PM

35. Don't need to

I'm with the majority of Americans and the current administration on this issue. It's the Israel sucks chorus that's just a very loud minority.

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Response to leftynyc (Reply #35)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 04:00 PM

37. Israel was designed to be an apartheid state and is living up to its covert founding principles.

 

Israel is a poor excuse for an ally to the USA.
We need to cut our losses and stop pretending anything positive will come out of our relationship with this regime.

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Response to byeya (Reply #37)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 04:18 PM

39. Never happen

Mostly because there are a large majority of Americans who disagree with your position. If you think we should throw our weight behind hamas, I seriously have nothing further to discuss with you.

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Response to leftynyc (Reply #39)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 05:09 PM

41. Actually, Americans support Palestinian Statehood by a 2/1 margin.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/behind-the-numbers/post/poll-high-ambivalence-on-palestinian-statehood/2011/09/07/gIQAtt1oiK_blog.html

42 percent of Americans say they back U.S. recognition of a Palestinian state; 26 percent oppose such a move. More than half of all Democrats — 54 percent — support Palestinian statehood, as do 45 percent of independents. Among Republicans, support slides to 27 percent. Support for Palestine as an independent nation is closely related to age: among those under 30, 58 percent back U.S. recognition, support then slides downward in each age bracket, bottoming out at 27 percent among those ages 65 and up.

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Response to byeya (Reply #37)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 06:00 PM

44. No more than Pakistan or plenty of Middle Eastern nations

and compared to what we do on the world stage, Israel is a piker. And what are Israel's covert founding principles?

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Response to leftynyc (Reply #35)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 07:58 PM

55. I think you are totally wrong. This is not 1974................nft

 

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Response to leftynyc (Reply #10)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 04:44 AM

58. I do not believe that these two organizations

lobby for other countries. I think also that most American's are wondering why we are spending money to support a supposed democracy in the Middle East that has become very undemocratic lately is slowly loosing the support it used to have.

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Response to leftynyc (Reply #2)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 01:39 PM

9. Are you able to specifically spell out what was wrong with calling for this vote?

Is there something intrinsically wrong with Palestine asking for this recognition? Or are you just going with the notion that the Palestinians had better do what Israel tells them to do? I'll bet you would've had a barrel full of great advice for those stuck in the Warsaw ghetto--just grow up and do what they tell you to do. Right?

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Response to DisgustipatedinCA (Reply #9)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 01:44 PM

12. Nothing wrong with calling for the vote

I truly couldn't care less. Our congress has said they would hold up aid if they did this - they didn't make a secret out of it. They went ahead and did it and now they will deal with the consequences. It was their choice to make.

I've been watching this for decades. What is glaringly obvious is that not one country out there gives a shit about the Palestinians unless it's to use them as a tool. The Palestinian people have been shit on and bankrupted by their own leadership and not one country in the region has any intention of helping them in this endeavor. You can blame Israel for that until you're blue in the face and it still wont change the reality.

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Response to leftynyc (Reply #12)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 01:53 PM

15. If 'nobody cares about the Palestinians', then this is a good start

on the road towards self-respect, caring about themselves, and making others care about them.

Separately, do you think the US 'doesn't give a shit about' the Palestinians?

So why should they care what we think?

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