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megimoo
09-13-2011, 10:19 AM
The United States must support the Palestinian bid for statehood at the United Nations this month or risk losing the little credibility it has in the Arab world. If it does not, American influence will decline further, Israeli security will be undermined and Iran will be empowered, increasing the chances of another war in the region.

Moreover, Saudi Arabia would no longer be able to cooperate with America in the same way it historically has. With most of the Arab world in upheaval, the “special relationship” between Saudi Arabia and the United States would increasingly be seen as toxic by the vast majority of Arabs and Muslims, who demand justice for the Palestinian people.

Saudi leaders would be forced by domestic and regional pressures to adopt a far more independent and assertive foreign policy. Like our recent military support for Bahrain’s monarchy, which America opposed, Saudi Arabia would pursue other policies at odds with those of the United States, including opposing the government of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in Iraq and refusing to open an embassy there despite American pressure to do so. The Saudi government might part ways with Washington in Afghanistan and Yemen as well.

The Palestinian people deserve statehood and all that it entails: official recognition, endorsement by international organizations, the ability to deal with Israel on more equal footing and the opportunity to live in peace and security.

Israel should see the Palestinian bid for statehood not as a threat, but as a chance to return to the negotiating table and prevent further conflict. Recent polls show that up to 70 percent of Palestinians say they believe there will be a new intifada if the deadlock is not broken shortly; this should encourage Israel to seek peace with the moderate Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/12/opinion/veto-a-state-lose-an-ally.html?_r=1

DumbAss Tanker
09-13-2011, 11:11 AM
Honestly, I expect the Oministration to direct us to 'Abstain' rather than support either Israel or the Palestinians. It's the UN Security Council version of voting 'Present,' after all.

Wei Wu Wei
09-13-2011, 01:34 PM
Look at the history of UN votes concerning the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The entire world agrees and the US still stands against the whole world.

I don't think the US will cave to pressure on this one.

Bailey
09-13-2011, 01:43 PM
Look at the history of UN votes concerning the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The entire world agrees and the US still stands against the whole world.

I don't think the US will cave to pressure on this one.

Well in this case the entire world is wrong...

Wei Wu Wei
09-13-2011, 01:49 PM
naturally

Novaheart
09-13-2011, 02:38 PM
By TURKI AL-FAISAL


When are we going to wake up to the fact that the enemy is behind our lines?

Bailey
09-13-2011, 02:57 PM
naturally

Its heart warming that you are finally seeing the truth.