Monday, September 05, 2011

Why Does the UN Palestine Vote Frighten the United States and Israel?

The real issue is whether the history of Palestine and Israel will be shaped by law and the determination of the global community of nations to treat both sides equally, or by the muscle of a robust Zionism and its American diplomatic partner, notes Rami G. Khouri.

Middle East Online, Sep.5, 2011

BEIRUT — Two major Middle East-related events will take place this month with their epicenter in New York City: the commemoration of the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks in the United States, and the expected Palestinian bid for the United Nations General Assembly to recognize a Palestinian state in the lands that Israel occupied in 1967. These events will generate intense debate and high emotions — most of which will be highly exaggerated. I will comment on the 9/11 commemorations in my column from the United States next week, and here will discuss the Palestinian bid for UN recognition of statehood — or rather, the hysterical American and Israeli reactions to the bid.

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