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What If?

The Disaffected Lib - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 19:48
What if a motion to recognize Palestinian statehood comes before the United Nations Security Council and the United States elects not to use its veto?

What if?

The veto power only resides in the five permanent members - the United States, Great Britain, France, Russia and China.  Of the five, the United States has been Israel's only steadfast ally on the Security Council, regularly vetoing any effort deemed unwelcome by Israel.

Obama alone controls his country's vote at the Security Council.  Of the other members, Russia and China could be expected to back the Palestinians.  France, too, is also onside and it's hard to imagine the Brits wouldn't follow America's lead.

Once recognition of the Palestinian state had the power of the Security Council behind it, the legitimacy of Netanyahu's occupation would be shattered and actions could be instituted, perhaps beginning with punitive sanctions, to lift the Israeli siege.

Just Sayin'

The Disaffected Lib - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 19:05
Notice how we're beating the war drums over Russia's annexation of predominantly ethnic-Russian Crimea yet when Israel steals the Palestinian homeland in the West Bank we sort of cheer them on.  Our supposed best friends have held the Palestinians captive, under brutal and often murderous occupation for half a century, and we're pretty much fine with it.

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