US Attempts to Avert Palestinian Statehood Vote

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The Obama administration is scrambling to avert a vote on Palestinian statehood at a meeting of the United Nations General Assembly next week. The Palestinian Authority and its allies say the vote would get the months-stalled peace process moving again toward a two-state solution. The move comes as Israel has seen a significant deterioration in diplomatic ties with Egypt and Turkey, its closest allies in the region. The U.S. hopes to avoid casting a veto in the Security Council against Palestinian statehood, as well as a more symbolic gesture in the General Assembly. David Kirkpatrick, Cairo bureau chief for The New York Times, talks about what's at stake for the U.S., Israel, and the Palestinian Authority and its allies.

Guests:

David D. Kirkpatrick

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Despite the high minded talk of a restart of American diplomacy in the region by the Obama Administration, they ignore some key historical facts.
The Palestinian leadership has supported every enemy the United States has had from Adolf Hitler to Saddam Hussein and everyone in between with celebrations in Arab East Jerusalem on 9/11. Israel is the only significant democracy in the region and a proven ally. The United States efforts to be a neutral broker in the on going tragedy known as "the peace process" is a farce.

Sep. 14 2011 08:52 AM

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