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    • Richard Witty
    • 26.05.11 | 01:40 (IDT)

    It is unwise to the power of four to publicly insult the president of the US, and then expect him to deflect the Palestinian general assembly petition enthusiastically, as he publicly declared in his own speech. The petition is before the general assembly, which has the power to ratify the petition. The US does not have a veto. The only functional veto that the US has is if it can persuade nearly all European powers to vote against it (abstentions will not be convincing). And, that will happen ONLY if the US diplomatic corps is enthusiastic about the effort, which is highly unlikely now. The consequences of an authorized UN petition are that Israel will then be an illegal occupying power (per UN ratification), in contrast to its legal occupying status currently. If Israel then attempts to cause that legal status to be ignored, it will be a prospective cause of a fundamental conflict in the UN, a stimulus not all that different to what brought down the League of Nations. That dangerous for the US and world. Obama's position was the accurate and dependable one, the true Zionist on the podium. The true advocate for permanent Israel.

    from the article: Upon return from Washington Netanyahu says Israel found U.S. support
    First published 00:44 26.05.11 | Last updated 00:44 26.05.11
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