Obama's presentation to the U.N. was totally one-sided. He threw in all the red meat demanded of Jewish voters. He mentioned the holocaust, the past Arab-Israeli wars, the terror campaign and the "fact" that Israel is surrounded by countries who seek to destroy it. (Who, other than Iran is calling for Israel's elimination these days?) Not a word about the apartheid system in the West Bank that confines most of the population to 40% of their land, parceled out in non-contiguous cantons. Not a word about the barriers and Jew-only roads that are a source of daily humiliation to the Palestinians and hamper the building of a viable economy. Not a word a out the depredations of settlers against Palestinian property and the ongoing illegal colonization. Only the empty declaration that he favors a Palestinian state that he knows a hundred years of negotiation cannot deliver, because, deep-down,most Israelis are committed to continued Israeli control of the West Bank, with nothing more than a degree of local autonomy to be granetd to the Palestinians And in the American political debate Obama is the modrerate, with Rick Perry and Michele Bachman calling for the annexation of the West Bank and denying any legitimate aspirations of the Palestinian people. It is clear to me that the Palestinians are correct in seeking recognition by the U.N. and upgrading their status in the General Assembley. With their new status they will have more standing to seek justice in the International Court and seek financial and other sanctions from the U.N. and indiovidual countries that don't have an Israeli lobby which works against measures that are in their own country's best interest (Tom Friedman, in his column in Sunday's Times, accused the Israeli lobby of taking positions that they know are against the best interests of both the U.S. and Israel.) .
Egyptian court sentences Al-Jazeera journalists to 3 years in prison (Reuters)
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