Mr Obama, understandably, doesn't want to be made to choose; but he hasn't really got a choice: he must either abstain or vote for Palestinian independance. What 'sanctions' can the US impose after 140 countries have voted in favour of independance? Mr Obama knows what's good for the US'international standing, no matter what no longer relevant aipac poodles are barking.
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