You have to be cruel to be kind - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • iztamimi
    • 17.02.11 | 11:20 (IST)

    A veto of the planned palestinian resolution in the UN security Council will benefit neither Israel nor the US. The US officials often state that Israeli Settlements in occupied territories are illegal. If that is the US position, then how could the administration justify the veto? The Us must come clean and support the PA if it seriously supports the peace process. The veto will be yet another proof from that the US is not and can never be an honest and a clear message to the Palestinians and their authority that negotiations under the existing climate will lead no where and they should definitly look for other options. Also the US, by using its veto, is in affect indorsing Netanyaho and his right wing coalition agenda and undermining any opposition to Netanyaho within Israel. This will certainly set back the peace process still further and will seriously damage America's credibility. The US administration should consider this matter very carefully. A scenario where America opposes all the world in the Security Council by using a veto is not exactly the sort of position that should be contemplated by power seeking to claim the moral high ground or a country that seriously want peace in the Middle East. Obama should understand that US that is yet another test for America's credibility. US credibility is already tattered in the Arab and Muslim world and the administration should not erode it further. This is US chance to tell Netanayho enough is enough and to apply the principle; "you have to be cruel to be kind".

    from the article: U.S. pushing Palestinians to drop UN resolution on settlement construction
    First published 00:27 17.02.11 | Last updated 00:27 17.02.11
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