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Politico: Obama Asks Palestinians to Back Off Statehood Push

David Streeter — November 13, 2012 – 10:11 am | Barack Obama | Israel Comments (1) Add a comment

Politico reported that President Barack Obama told Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to refrain from pushing for statehood through the United Nations this year. Politico reported:

President Obama called Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas Sunday, asking him to back off a Palestinian push for statehood at the United Nations.

‘In his discussion with President Abbas, President Obama reaffirmed his commitment to Middle East peace and his strong support for direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians with the objective of two states living side by side in peace and security.  He also reiterated the United States’ opposition to unilateral efforts at the United Nations,’ the White House said in a statement….

Israel and the United States have both warned Palestinian leadership against the attempt—though leaders have been circulating a draft petition that they plan to introduce at UN session later this month.

In 2011, President Obama was the most forceful advocate against the Palestinians’ unilateral attempt at statehood. He stood in front of the UN General Assembly and powerfully reiterated America’s commitment to resolving the Israeli Palestinian conflict through direct negotiations—which earned support from Israeli and other pro-Israel leaders.

This report indicates that—as in his first term—the President will continue to oppose the Palestinians’ plans to circumvent negotiations.


Dennis Moore | November 16, 2012 – 4:06 pm

I believe a Palestinian state within or near Israel is an affront to Israel as things stand today. This, of course, has to do with the incendiary threats against the existence of Israel on the part of Hamas et al.  But—the question remains—how do we respect the rights of a marginalized people, the Palestinians?  We need some new ideas and perhaps some new people to think about these issues.  For instance, is permanent Palestinian settlement possible in Gaza?  What if a massive program were started by the U.S. and Israel and others, to aide Palestinians to begin a nation of their own either in Gaza (under strict supervision of Israel) or in some other area of the Middle East?  The question remains, if not in Gaza, then where?  What area would be palatable to the Israelis, if not Gaza?  Could Gaza be “rehabilitated?”  I think a “twin state” idea of Israel and Palestine should be scrapped as an unworkable fantasy.
I hope this helps somewhat.

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