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Fri Nov 30, 2012, 03:14 PM

U.N. Approval of Palestine as "Non-Member State" Shows Isolation of U.S., Israel Stance on Statehood

From Democracy Now, November 30, 2012


The United Nations General Assembly has overwhelmingly voted recognize the sovereign state of Palestine, upgrading its observer status from "entity" to "non-member state." The move is viewed as a victory for Palestinians, but a diplomatic setback for the United States and Israel, who were joined by only a handful of countries in opposing the decision. With more than 190 members in the General Assembly, there were 138 votes in favor, nine against and 41 abstentions. Three countries did not take part. The vote came on the 65th anniversary of the adoption of U.N. Resolution 181 that partitioned Palestine into separate Jewish and Arab states. "This was a referendum on the United Statesís mediation of the peace process between Israelis and Palestinians," says Yousef Munayyer, executive director of the Jerusalem Fund and its educational program, the Palestine Center. "The vast majority of the world, I think, said yesterday that that has failed, and itís time for a different approach."

SNIP* AMY GOODMAN:

To talk more about the significance of this vote, we to go Washington, D.C., to speak with Yousef Munayyer. Heís executive director of the Jerusalem Fund educational program, as well, the Palestine Center.

Welcome back to Democracy Now!, Yousef. Your response to this vote? Do you consider this historic?

YOUSEF MUNAYYER: Well, itís certainlyóitís certainly historic. What it means, though, I think, is whatówhat is the bigger question here. Look, there is still a occupation of Palestine. The colonization of Palestinian territory continues. It continues today just as it was yesterday. So that has not changed. What I think is important, though, is that the United States and Israel and very, very few people, very few states who voted against this, are really isolated now internationally. And I think that was the important symbolism of this vote yesterday, is that this was a referendum on the United Statesís mediation of the peace process between Israelis and Palestinians, and the vast majority of the world, I think, said yesterday that that has failed, and itís time for a different approach.

http://www.democracynow.org/2012/11/30/un_approval_of_palestine_as_non

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Reply U.N. Approval of Palestine as "Non-Member State" Shows Isolation of U.S., Israel Stance on Statehood (Original post)
Jefferson23 Nov 2012 OP
peacebird Nov 2012 #1
kayecy Nov 2012 #2
azurnoir Nov 2012 #3
kayecy Dec 2012 #6
hack89 Nov 2012 #4
peacebird Dec 2012 #7
hack89 Dec 2012 #8
oberliner Dec 2012 #5
hack89 Dec 2012 #9

Response to Jefferson23 (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 03:17 PM

1. The US is rapidly becoming irrelevant...

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Response to peacebird (Reply #1)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 03:50 PM

2. Not true, but at least the US is not pretending to be an honest brokers anymore......

It looks like Israel and the Palestininas now each have a supporter to act as a second for them.....The US for Isreal and Egypt for the Palestinians.......The only question now is who will act as the referee.

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Response to kayecy (Reply #2)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 07:47 PM

3. The EU? n/t

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Response to azurnoir (Reply #3)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 05:49 AM

6. Interesting....I never thought of the EU....Why not?......

Interesting....I never thought of the EU....Why not?......

Answer: Israel would object to any coutry being a referee unless it was the US.

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Response to peacebird (Reply #1)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 09:21 PM

4. Just watch how irrelevent we are

when we decide to stop funding international organizations like the UN and the IMF. Lets also remember the $600 million US money that goes to the PA every year - if we are irrelevant might as well spend it at home.

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Response to hack89 (Reply #4)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 06:54 AM

7. IMF, pfft. Though I agree that we need to pay our share to the UN.

Spending at home would be a good thing. Did you read about the train derailment yesterday due to a bridge failure?

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Response to peacebird (Reply #7)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 08:45 AM

8. Iceland depended on the IMF

so they do some good.

The UN depends on US funding - that is why we will never be irrelevant. That and the 37 billion a year in non-military foreign aid we spend around the world.

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Response to Jefferson23 (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 04:00 AM

5. Actually, a pretty sizable chunk of US allies decided to abstain

In fact, the numbers mirror almost exactly the number of countries who recognized a Palestinian state when one was declared in 1988.

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Response to Jefferson23 (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 08:55 AM

9. I am glad the President stood his ground. nt

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