Clock ticks on Palestinian UN plan

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Diplomats struggled to find a formula on Thursday to avoid a clash over the Middle East as time ticked down on Palestinian plans to ask the United Nations to recognise their statehood, Reuters reported.

President Mahmoud Abbas is pushing ahead with plans to submit the Palestinian application to the UN Security Council on Friday, rebuffing a personal plea from US President Barack Obama to forego the UN option and resume direct peace talks with Israel.


A Palestinian woman chants slogan during a rally supporting the Palestinian statehood bid in A Palestinian woman chants slogan during a rally supporting the Palestinian statehood bid in front of the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process offices in Gaza City on Thursday (AP photo by Adel Hana)

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  1. US President Barack Hussein Obama understands the Israeli-Palestinian issue very clearly. President Obama knows the Israeli-Palestinian peace process is at a dead end. Earlier President Obama tried to revive the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations by mandating a complete West Bank settlement freeze, only to be forced embarrassingly by Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to back down. May President Obama had the temerity to publicly tell Israel that its current policy towards the Palestinians is untenable and unsustainable, and to modestly suggest a negotiating formula to break the impasse, President Obama was publicly chastised by Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and had to submit to the humiliation of seeing the US Congressional leaders of the Democratic Party repudiate him in favour of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. Eventually President Obama has washed his hands of the Palestinian issue. Once again, President Obama is being forced to publicly support an Israeli policy position fundamentally opposed to his own. President Obama knows very well that Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has no intention of permitting formation of a viable Palestinian state, and that the Palestinians have little choice but to pursue their current course at the United Nations. The America’s lonely support for Israel and the inevitable US veto of the Palestinians’ bid for full membership at United Nations will terminally undermine the US position in the Arab World, and will expose the USA’s nominal support for popular Arab rights as a fraud. USA again undermines its security and its global position, pointlessly and gratuitously, in blind allegiance to ungrateful and self-destructive Israel. If any country should be saved by the West it should be Palestinians suffering in Gaza for decades as a result of Israel. What does the US do instead – it vetoes Resolutions brought against Israel in the UN.
    – Nalliah Thayabharan

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