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Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren talks to Wolf Blitzer about Palestinian attempts to gain full membership in the U.N.
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Recognition of an independent state without boarders will encourage the thought that all of Israel is now Palestine. Seriously folks, would you sign a divorce agreement without knowing who gets the car, the house, the tea cups? This idea of a polka dot Palestine with some over here, more there, and a bunch that way is acknowledging 3 or 4, or 5 independent states.
Why does Obama have to veto the bid for "Palestinian" statehood. Abbas has renounced terrorism and built a sovereign state with a growing economy – that's one country. The second "state" is the Gaza Strip and Hamas. Treat the two groups separately. Grant statehood to Abbas and the PA. Remain the status quo with Hamas until they have proven that they have evolved from terrorist to freedom fighter to statesmen. There are other options available...
There is a mistaken belief that Israel faught to establish the present state-wrong. Israel came into existance in 1948 when then Pres.Truman pressured the UN to form the state of Israel. Israel claims to have won the 1967 war aginst the Arab nations. It coulud not have done so without the input of arms supplied by the U.S.( I was a crewmember on one of those Air force cargo planaes that delivered thos arms. Without the 30 billion dollar yearly aid Israel would not be expanding settlement into pre 1967 Arab lands. So it goes-–! Someone needs to tell the "whole ' truth about Israel and U.S. relations. It is onesided, pressured by the American Jewish community(via vote intimiation) for American Presidents to bow to Israeli PMs. Why is it that after a new president is sworn into office, the first foreign head of state to visit the White House is always the PM of Israel? Why-oh why?
Yet again a UN vote that will be over a hundred votes to two: US and Israel. And we have veto power so democracy is thrown out the window. It is a strange phenomenon that so much power and influence comes from Israel to affect US politics. Give us one honest commentary on this Wolf? Or would you lose your job?
I'm not asking for anything irrational, just an honest claim that US interests cannot possibly ALWAYS align with Israeli interests. Admittedly, Israel has often had enemies that wish to carry out genocide, but I think their enemies know that an attempt to do that would be suicidal. Why do we need to support them more than this? How has the victimhood of Israel allowed them to so manipulate politics in this country so that many members of Congress are scared to vote against anything the Israeli lobby supports? How much money and influence do they have, Wolf? Tell it to us straight. You're rich enough already. Risk your job to tell the truth. Isn't that what good journalism should be? Be a Murrow for us today.
Just walked by a TV airing the Situation Report with the scroll reading "Obama throws Israel under the bus". Are you kidding me ??!!! only AIPAC could say that with a straight face.
Obama Administrstion already vetoed the reslution condemning the setttlements earlier this year despite stating opposition to the settlements. Even then, Israeli lobby was disappointed in tone of Obama administration. I guess it wasn't a strong enough veto. And when the Palestinian delegation submits it's appeal for statehood and the US vetoes, we will only further alienate our country from the world. The CNN ticker more accurately would have read Obama throws Palestine under the bus
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