Obama desperately wants to avoid being the one man in the world that had the creatoin of a Palestinian state in the palm of his hand and then discarded it. For the first time in history, the possibility of a Palestinian state will be the decision of one man. Obama's action will paint a clear picture of the mideast peace situation. It willshow that America is only interested in serving Israel's interests. It will show the world that it is not possible nor is it fair to expect the Palestinians to "negotiate" with Israel and America to get their state. This vote in the UN must take place. The Palestinians need enough support in the SC to force Obama to use the veto. It will be the most important UN vote so far in the 21st century.
One child, police officer killed in attacks in Diyarbakir in southeast Turkey (Reuters)