After the Obama administration has come squarely,albeit hesitantly in the beginning,behind the protesters for democracy and transparency, it is now ready to veto a UN vote that is meant to castigate Israel's repressive and anti-democratic policy and actions. For all its rhetoric, the US will always be judged in the Middle East by its biased policies favoring Israel at the expense of the Palestinians. The repression of the palestinians has, and will always remain a sore spot and a source of resentment amongst the population at large in the Middle East. The least the US can do is to abstain.
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