Obama threatens ‘significant negative consequences’ to Palestinians if they seek higher UN status

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Netanyahu and Clinton
Netanyahu and Hillary Clinton

It’s been three years since Cairo, and Obama is now telling the Palestinians to drop dead. Harriet Sherwood in the Guardian reports on a disturbing gesture:

The United States has warned European governments against supporting a Palestinian bid for enhanced status at the United Nations, saying such a move “would be extremely counterproductive” and threatening “significant negative consequences” for the Palestinian Authority, including financial sanctions.

A US memorandum, seen by the Guardian, said Palestinian statehood “can only be achieved via direct negotiations with the Israelis” and urged European governments “to support [American] efforts” to block the bid. The message was communicated by officials to representatives of European governments at the UN general assembly (UNGA) in New York last week.

Palestinian officials accused the US of exerting “tremendous pressure” on European governments to oppose their bid for upgraded “non-member state” status at the UNGA

Writes my tipster, who doesn’t share my view of the Israel lobby as all-encircling: 

Is this necessary? This is truly a disgusting clique sitting in the White House and State Department. The power of the lobby in the Democratic Party (no neo-con influence needed), but also insight into Obama. This says something about Obama, more than the lobby. He disdains and bullies the political weak wherever he meets them. He may want to level the playing field slightly, but he still wants all the spoils to go to the winners. And in his mind he is a winner.

This article set me off because it seems to go beyond what the politics requires. The US could be opposed without using all its power to crush the Palestinian effort, and worse to take revenge on the Palestinian administration, which you would think it would want to support.

And if I hear this line one more time–
Palestinian statehood “can only be achieved via direct negotiations with the Israelis.”

I feel as if George Orwell’s television screens from 1984 are now here, except the screens are in 1080i HD.

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