Obama is in an election year, he no longer has Congress in his back pocket so no matter how much he woud like to vote in favor of a palestinian state if this goes to the Security Council he will have no choice but to use the veto. The whole point of the palestinians going to the General Assembly was that whilst they cannot give them a state legally it first has to pass the Security Council the US has no veto in the General Assembly so it would at least have been a political coup. Go dirct to the Security Council and it will save us all alot of trouble and Obama can veto it straight out no games with the General Assembly. The ONLY solution is for Abbas to come and NEGOTIATE with no strings attached, get concessions through negotiation use the UN to demand ultimatums and it will just make the situaton worse than it has ever been because there is no way Israel will just give the palestinians everything they demand because the General Assembly has voted in favor of creating an arab state. The palestinians just better not forget if they think its bad now Israel can make their lot 100 times worse when it refuses to adhere to the demands of the General Assembly.
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