Israelis continue demolition of Palestinian homes in the West Bank
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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Thursday U.S. support for Palestinian statehood had yet to move beyond “slogans.”
Abbas said views in the United States and Europe had started to shift in favor of the Palestinians but expressed frustration at recent U.S. opposition to the idea of taking the quest for statehood to the U.N. Security Council.
“The world has started to change. Europe has started to change and America has started to change,” said Abbas, whose administration depends on political and financial backing from the United States and the European Union.
“True, it is still at the stage of slogans, such as ‘We support the two-state solution’ and ‘the establishment of a Palestinian state is in the vital national security interest of the United States’,” he added in a speech to commemorate the sixth anniversary of the death of Yasser Arafat…
Abbas, while reiterating his commitment to negotiations, has said the Palestinians are studying alternatives to the two-decade “peace process” if it fails.
One idea is to go to the U.N. Security Council to secure international recognition for a Palestinian state. The United States, Abbas said, had described such a move as a unilateral action — a view echoed in Israel…
Obama, in an address to the U.N. General Assembly in September, said success could lead to an agreement that would allow a sovereign state of Palestine to join the United Nations next year. The remark was widely covered by Arab media.
Abbas, talking about Obama’s remark, said: “I hope this is not just a slogan and when the time comes he says ‘We are sorry we could not (do it). Leave it for next year.’
“All the while you said this in the United Nations, this is a promise and a debt around your neck and it must be realized so that Palestine becomes a full member state of the United Nations,” he said.
I fear that this debt of Obama’s has about as much chance of being paid as his debts to American workers, the gay community, parents, children and educators. Half-measures and tactics more appropriate to Harvard tea party conflicts.
His essential framework remains locked with within the cowardly strictures of a Democratic Party that hasn’t changed foreign policy anywhere in the world since the days of Harry Truman and Golda Meir.