If Obama’s utterances about Palestinian moves in the UN constitute a “warning,” then there something must be very wrong with my English, because this is not what I understood. All he is saying is that UN membership does not replace the need for negotiations. This is new diction for the “not helpful” language that the US and Israel have consistently used since December, and it merely represents their point of view. Europe has been perfectly aware of US and Israeli opposition to the UN move since the idea began to take shape some five years ago; so one can expect Europe to have factored this opposition into its policy. In short, it is very unlikely that Obama will aggressively lean on Europe to drop this idea. Besides, I – and many others – believe that UN membership will be very helpful.
Israel passes law sanctioning force-feeding prisoners (Haaretz)
from the article: Obama to AIPAC: 1967 borders reflect long-standing U.S. policy