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Palestinian resolution fails at the Security Council, U.S. votes against ‘staged confrontation’ at the UN

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The Palestinian leadership’s resolution to end Israel’s occupation through negotiations failed to pass the United Nations Security Council this evening. While Palestinian leaders had hoped to garner the nine votes needed to be approved by the 15-member council, only eight countries supported the measure. The United States and Australia voted against it while five others abstained.

“The Security Council has once again failed to uphold its charter duties to address theses crises and to meaningfully contribute to a peaceful and lasting solution in accordance with its own resolutions,” said Palestine’s representative to the United Nations Riyad Mansour.

Just hours before the Security Council convened, a Chief Palestinian negotiator said to Al Jazeera in New York, Palestine had nine confirmed votes. It was widely suspected that the Palestinians had the votes to pass their resolution, yet the U.S. said earlier in the day they would not support the measure, and so if Palestine would have received a majority of votes, the U.S. was expected to invoke their veto privileges.

Secretary John Kerry also made 13 phone calls to different countries over the past two days asking them to rescind support for the draft resolution. “Some of them he’s spoken with more than once,” said State Department Director of the press office Jeff Rathke.

“In recent years no government has invested more in the effort to achieve Israeli-Palestinian peace than the United States,” said the U.S.’s Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power after the draft resolution was called to a vote. “We voted against it because we know what everyone here knows, as well—peace will come from hard choices and compromises that must be made at he negotiating table. Today’s staged confrontation in the UN Security Council will not bring the parties closer to achieving two-state solution.”

The U.S,’s stance against the resolution comes as no surprise. Since the Palestinians first broached the possibility of seeking action at the Security Council the U.S. has been against it. However, up until this week the State Department has said they were not opposed to a Security Council measure as such, only a resolution that would call for unilateral action.

Power added the U.S. would welcome Palestinians to once against seek Washington as a broker to ending the conflict with Israel “when they are ready to return to the table.”

However, for the Palestinian leadership the U.S. brokered talks have failed to produce a Palestinian state and Secretary Kerry’s latest efforts did not even set a framework for peace talks. The Security Council resolution is widely regarded as a last ditch effort to set parameters for talks with Israel in line with international law.

France who initially authored another version of the draft resolution, voted in favor along with Argentina, Chad, Chile, China, Jordan, Luxembourg and Russia. Although France did express reservations in the text’s language, and the rush to bring the measure to a vote.

The United Kingdom who abstained, echoed France’s concerns that there was not enough time to deliberate. Their ambassador said “We are disappointed that the normal necessary negotiation did not take place on this occasion.” While United Kingdom did not support the draft resolution seemingly due to the process in which it was quickly called to a vote, it did not oppose the content in the resolution and offered sympathetic remarks to the Palestinians.

“We consider president Abbas a man of peace and understand the pressure that the Palestinian leadership has been under to act and their frustration with the lack of progress,” the United Kingdom’s ambassador added, closing that his country could assume the role of drafting another resolution in 2015 that would be more likely to pass. China who voted in favor, also offered to take a stronger role inside of the Security Council to purse a course for a negotiated two-state solution.

Jordan, the Arab representative to the Security Council, submitted the draft resolution to the UN secretariat yesterday and within 24-hours it was brought to a hurried vote at Palestine’s behest, according to Jordanian representatives.

Dina Kawar, Jordan’s ambassador to the UN said while her country is a “stakeholder” in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and a neighbor and regional partner, ultimately the initiative moved ahead to meet a Palestinian deadline of reaching the Security Council floor before the New Year. “We hope they know what they are doing,” said Kawar following the vote to Al Jazeera.

Introducing the resolution to the Security Council Kawar said, “The Security Council must respond to the legitimate Palestinian rights to freedom and dignity in its independent, fully independent, fully sovereign, fully viable state.” Indeed this principle was upheld even by dissenting Australia and the United Kingdom.

Israel, however, was firmly against the resolution, or any resolution at the Security Council.

The Israeli ambassador to the US Ron Dermer was not present in New York as he stayed back in Jerusalem during the vote. Israel’s representative at the UN, however, had stern yet and brief words for the Security Council. He said they were “indulging the Palestinians” who have “engaged in a never-ending stream of political gains and now they are parading into this council with a preposterous, unilateral proposal.”

Despite Palestine’s clear loss at the UN, tomorrow Palestinian Authority President will address press in Ramallah during a celebration marking the 50th anniversary of his Fatah political party. He will also meet with his executive committee and next steps will be announced in the coming days. The measures being discussed include joining additional international treaties, Palestinian Liberation Organization’s Negotiation Affairs Department Spokesperson Ashraf Khatib told Mondoweiss in advance of the vote.

For the Palestinian leadership, the Security Council vote may serve as a benchmark in their efforts to hold Israel accountable and build momentum within Europe for the cause of statehood. Indeed some fruits of those efforts emerged tonight, most noticeably from France and the United Kingdom who both supported utilizing the Security Council to create a timetable to end Israel’s occupation via internationally endorsed negotiations rooted in previous UN resolutions.

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  1. CloakAndDagger
    December 30, 2014, 9:33 pm

    That was a serious tactical error pushing for the vote today, rather than waiting a little longer to have a number of the temporary members replaced by more supportive ones.

    I hope they are able to bring a revised resolution to the vote when that happens. Even with a US veto, 9 members can send the resolution to the GA for action under Uniting for Peace.

    • Shingo
      December 30, 2014, 11:02 pm

      That was a serious tactical error pushing for the vote today, rather than waiting a little longer to have a number of the temporary members replaced by more supportive ones.

      Not really. Those who abstained would have used the time to water the resolution down.

    • Henry Norr
      December 30, 2014, 11:44 pm

      >>That was a serious tactical error pushing for the vote today,
      >>rather than waiting a little longer to have a number of the
      >>temporary members replaced by more supportive ones.

      I don’t think it was an error at all, from Abbas’ point of view – I think he knew damn well they didn’t have the votes, and that’s exactly why they scrambled so frantically to get the vote taken this week. This way he can pretend to be standing up to the Americans and the Israelis, but avoid serious offense to his American paymasters by forcing them into the embarrassment of a veto. Why else force the vote this week? Every observer of the UN knew they’d be in a stronger position next week, with Venezuela and Malaysia, among others, coming in and Australia, South Korea, and Rwanda leaving.

      I’m sorry to see Allison swallowing the PA spin without question.

      • Shingo
        December 30, 2014, 11:59 pm

        I don’t think it was an error at all, from Abbas’ point of view

        When is some brave Palestinian going to put a bullet into this scum bags head?

      • Henry Norr
        December 31, 2014, 12:26 am

        I hate to say it, but J.J. Goldberg in the Forward has a much sharper analysis than Mondoweiss, in a piece entitled “Palestinian U.N. Bid Fails by 1 Vote. Was That the Plan?”:

        The Palestinian tactics mystified Israeli and American diplomats and prompted speculation that the Palestinians were intending to lose the vote. It was thought that they wanted to put on a show of toughness to counter rising anger on the Palestinian street and increasing pressure from Hamas, but they didn’t want to anger Washington by forcing it to cast a veto at a time when it needs Arab support against ISIS.

        http://blogs.forward.com/jj-goldberg/211846/palestinian-un-bid-fails-by–vote-was-that-the-pl/

        Ramzi Jaber has it right, below: “a shameful charade”!

      • joemowrey
        December 31, 2014, 9:51 am

        Absolutely. This creature Abbas is and always has been a traitor to his people. He works for Israel and the U.S. We can only hope there is a special place in hell for him one day.

      • CloakAndDagger
        December 31, 2014, 9:55 am

        @ Henry Norr

        I just read the Goldberg article that you referenced. It is a very good analysis and certainly questions Abbas’ motive. I had stated that this was an ‘error’ – and Goldberg makes a convincing case that this was on purpose. Some have posted in another thread that this is a precursor to an ICC plea, but now I am back to my earlier opinion that Abbas is a traitor to his people and this whole charade was just that – theatrics.

    • traintosiberia
      January 1, 2015, 12:51 am

      http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4609884,00.html
      It nails it down quite well. Abbas is a scum bag .
      But Liberman will still call him a Hitler.

  2. Ramzi Jaber
    December 30, 2014, 9:39 pm

    We have been waiting for decades to get our state so waiting TWO days would have given us 10 even 11 YES votes.

    What a shameful charade.

    • Abierno
      December 31, 2014, 12:12 am

      Even with 11 votes, the US would veto. If the proposal would pass to the General Assembly and it would pass, who would enforce it? The excoriation of the us in the foreign press as dishonest, unethical,and biased is unprecedented. They rightly allude to Obama and co. as Netanyahu’s poodle. In response to this anticipated shut down of Palestinian aspirations, Bibi has declared the road to the us presidency runs through Jerusalem, his ministers have threatened to bomb Lebanon back to the Stone Age and he flagrantly brags of support to Syrian rebels, better known as Isis. With this no vote, Obama has shredded what small credibility he had and his presidency is openly mocked as failed.

      If you carefully review the remarks of China, Russia, France and the UK, this issue is not going to disappear from the Security Council. The EU, China and Russia are moving to take control of the process now that Abbas action has pried US hands off the corpse of Oslo – the body was well and truly buried today. This resolution will resurface in a few weeks, accompanied by ICC
      charges, sanctions against Israel and international acceleration of BDS. The now totally discredited US can veto again and again, but with the EU, India, China and Russia on the Palestinian side,the US can do little to protect Israel from an internationally brokered solution.
      If they attempt to annex the West Bank and carpet bomb Gaza, sanctions will be swift and painful – no markets for exports, disruption of the banking system and mass exodus of the bright, talented and mobile.

      • Annie Robbins
        December 31, 2014, 12:40 am

        yes abierno!

      • ziusudra
        December 31, 2014, 1:07 am

        Greetings abierno,
        ..If they attempt to annex the WB……..

        Die Wunde heilt nur, der Speer der sie schlug. Parzifal
        (The wound will heal only by the one that threw the spear.)
        ziusudra
        PS We all wait for this ultimate Mea Culpa from Zionistan.
        Peraps this synthesis will come via the immense supply of
        oil & gas due to fracking in the US & Canada’s oil reserves
        where the US & Euro. will no longer need the Oil & Gas from
        the ME nor their vassal state Zionistan on the frontier of the ME?

      • seafoid
        December 31, 2014, 3:15 am

        It reminds me of those internet paedophile hunters. Lure Power in with a picture of justice and watch her do her disgusting thing with it. Because of the money. Ugh.

        And the game is up. The US will never vote for decency because Zionism doesn’t have any.

      • Maximus Decimus Meridius
        December 31, 2014, 5:30 am

        ”The now totally discredited US can veto again and again, but with the EU, India, China and Russia on the Palestinian side,the US can do little to protect Israel from an internationally brokered solution ”

        I’d love to agree with you, but I just can’t. The EU has been making noises about ‘reining in’ Israel, but several of its members – including permanent UNSC member Britain – will veto or at least abstain from any UN resolution remotely favourable to Palestine. India and China have both been moving closer to Israel in recent years.

        Unfortunately, I have to agree with Henry Norr. The PA actively wanted this resolution to fail, so as not to embarrass the Yanks into a veto. There is no possible alternative explanation as to why they insisted on the vote now, with US puppets like Rwanda and South Korea on the council, rather than wait a matter of days for much more friendly nations like Venezuela and Malaysia to lend their support. Never underestimate the perfidy of the PA.

      • Annie Robbins
        December 31, 2014, 4:46 pm

        I have to agree with Henry Norr. The PA actively wanted this resolution to fail, so as not to embarrass the Yanks into a veto. There is no possible alternative explanation as to why they insisted on the vote now

        do you still feel this way given abbas signing w/the ICC this morning? how could he have done that right after that resolution passed? don’t you think he wanted it to fail as supporting a justification for giving up on that process and tossing palestine’s fate to the courts?

      • CloakAndDagger
        December 31, 2014, 10:05 am

        @ abierno

        This resolution will resurface in a few weeks, accompanied by ICC charges, sanctions against Israel and international acceleration of BDS

        I hope that you are right and that would be a very positive move. I do want the US out of this whole mess, and reducing US leverage in the ME would also make our congress critters less susceptible to bribes/blackmail by reducing their ability to impact the facts on the ground. In short, getting the US out of Israel would be a win-win for everyone, including the Israelis, although they don’t realize it yet.

    • seafoid
      December 31, 2014, 3:17 am

      11 votes wouldn’t have made a difference Ramzi. I think this is a long game of chess.
      Lots of under the table pressure on Zionism from Europe. Hasbara is dead and forever is a very long time.

  3. Ramzi Jaber
    December 30, 2014, 9:42 pm

    “preposterous, unilateral proposal”. Coming from a zionist criminal, priceless!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Kay24
    December 30, 2014, 9:49 pm

    This is very disappointing. What is there to wait longer for? Haven’t the Palestinians waited long enough for this? I am ashamed of how the US, once again, forgot all about democracy, human rights, and bringing freedom for a people that have suffered for decades, and being the target of Israel’s shiny new weapons. They have most probably twisted arms and threatened nations to not vote for this resolution. They always do. Unless it is a resolution asking for the Palestinians to be paid and chased out of their own lands, unless it is giving the scoundrels more lands and legalizing the ones they keep stealing, the US will never, ever, do the right thing. Israel does not want peace. It wants the status quo, more lands, and getting rid of all the Arabs. Which part of it does the US pretend it cannot understand?

    • Ramzi Jaber
      December 30, 2014, 9:51 pm

      Kay24, the usa TOTALLY understands ALL parts of it.

      the zionist regime and usa are 100% aligned on their true intentions not to ever allow a Palestinian state. Crystal clear for those who want to see the truth, sadly.

      • Kay24
        December 30, 2014, 10:05 pm

        I agree RJ, this is all a pretense, a sham, the US will continue to find excuses to stall the Palestinians from getting their basic rights, threaten, bribe, and act like a wimp, just to make sure the Palestinians do not get enough votes, and achieve their freedom. All this, until the despicable occupier has been able to steal all the land, water, and other resources, rid the territories of the Arabs, and finally live like parasites on someone else’s land. Until they reach their objectives, the US will pretend it is only trying to get peace for both sides. Reality and history shows Israel do not give a damn for peace.

      • bintbiba
        December 31, 2014, 5:29 am

        Perfidy has become not only historically pertaining to Albion. For all its swagger around the world, I truly feel sorry for the US …. such loss of credibility and respect with time must be heartbreaking for all decent, upright Americans .

      • seafoid
        December 31, 2014, 5:41 am

        You said it bintbiba

        MJR has some great tweets. One of them is something I often think about

        “Never see a letter to the editor defending Israel not signed by one of the indoctrinated or bought. Never.”

        Same on Mondoweiss. Never came across a decent defender of Israel. Ever.
        The wars always flush out the spoofers.

        https://twitter.com/mjayrosenberg

      • seafoid
        December 31, 2014, 6:34 am

        Rafeef Ziadah has a super poem at this link

        http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04fzfxz

        At 7.15

      • Walid
        December 31, 2014, 7:34 am

        Great poem, seafoid, Al-Mayadeen plays it and a couple of others by Rafeef almost every week:

      • Walid
        December 31, 2014, 7:52 am

        And another; like the other great communicator Diana Buttu, Rafeef is Palestinian-Canadian that speaks a more coherent English than Saeb Erekat:

      • eljay
        December 31, 2014, 9:41 am

        seafoid: … Never came across a decent defender of Israel. Ever.

        Oh, I dunno. hophmeee has boasted that Israel isn’t as bad as Saudi Arabia, Mali and African “hell-holes”. And RW made the point that Israel’s program of ethnic cleansing is “currently not necessary”.

        :-P

    • Shingo
      December 30, 2014, 11:03 pm

      Yes and Power’s comments were so insufferable and hypocritical, I am convinced she has no gag reflex.

      • Kay24
        December 31, 2014, 12:46 am

        No, neither have the slaves of zionists in Congress. They are great at feigning outrage and putting on the “we know what is best for the Palestinians” BS.

  5. eljay
    December 30, 2014, 9:57 pm

    … Israel’s representative at the UN, however, had stern yet and brief words for the Security Council. He said they were “indulging the Palestinians” who have “engaged in a never-ending stream of political gains and now they are parading into this council with a preposterous, unilateral proposal.”

    Yeah, how dare those uppity Palestinians propose justice, accountability and equality! Preposterous!

    (Zio-supremacists really despise justice, accountability and equality.)

    • Kay24
      December 30, 2014, 10:06 pm

      Yeah really, those Palestinians dare to ask for basic human rights and freedom. What an inconvenience for poor Israel and the US.

  6. Bubba
    December 30, 2014, 10:14 pm

    The USA wants the two parties at the Table banging heads and aggressively making difficult choices. That reality is as far away today as it was 67 years ago.

    If both sides will not drink from the same cup, what you do? Send in the UN Peacekeeping Force?

    • Walid
      December 31, 2014, 5:17 am

      “Send in the UN Peacekeeping Force?”

      Israel doesn’t accept UN or other forces on its soil. And to post such forces on the Palestinian side of the border would be redundant as Israel already has the PA security forces policing its borders for it from the other side. Israel already has Jordanian and Egyptian forces policing Israel’s borders for it holding them responsible for not letting anyone cross into Israel. When it tried to pull the same stunt with Lebanon’s army, it was given the finger and told to watch its borders itself.

    • Boomer
      December 31, 2014, 10:24 am

      The head-banging and difficult choices are all one-sided. The U.S. is like a teacher watching while a schoolyard bully pummels a smaller kid whose hands are tied. Instead of stoping the fight, the teacher regularly hands the bully a new and bigger club with which to beat the kid, while saying, “they need to work this out between themselves.” The analogy fails to convey the real tragedy, because every year more Palestinians lose their homes and lives. The U.S. enables this with its financial, military, and diplomatic support for Israel.

      • CigarGod
        December 31, 2014, 10:30 am

        Yep…because their holy books say its right…which means god is on their side. It would be a sin to go against god.

      • Bubba
        December 31, 2014, 4:53 pm

        Of course it is one sided. And, Kerry, et al knows it. Without new ingredients, nothing will ever change. Maybe the PA will move their Capital from Ramallah to East Jerusalem. That will create some chaos, disorder and confusion: a city within a city within a State within a State — AKA “Who’s on first”).

  7. JustJessetr
    December 30, 2014, 11:16 pm

    Wow. The UN is really surprising me these days. First the ICC rejects the whole Mavi Mamri thing, then this vote comes along and a whole decade’s worth of preparation is shot down.

    What’s next? Iran and Syria being brought up on human rights charges?

    • Shingo
      December 31, 2014, 1:09 am

      First the ICC rejects the whole Mavi Mamri thing, then this vote comes along and a whole decade’s worth of preparation is shot down.

      Wow, you really are scraping the bottom of the barrel. The ICC did not reject the whole Mavi Mamri thing and you seem to be forgetting that Israel’s isolation is worse than ever, with even France voting against them.

      Now comes BDS and the collapse of Israel’s economy.

      • JustJessetr
        December 31, 2014, 10:56 am

        Dude, you aren’t worth arguing with if you can’t see past what has been said and (not) done in black and white by the people who rejected the plea. Where is the lawsuit if it wasn’t rejected?

        And now comes the bolstering of the Israeli economy because immigration is up, supporting the general economic trend upwards for the past decade.

      • Shingo
        December 31, 2014, 8:14 pm

        Dude, you aren’t worth arguing with if you can’t see past what has been said and (not) done in black and white by the people who rejected the plea. Where is the lawsuit if it wasn’t rejected?

        The lawsuit was not rejected. The ICC has chosen not to pursue punitive action. In that regard, their choice is understandable. While the murderous attack on the Mavi Marmara is clearly a crime and a war crime, it’s magnitude was not deemed to be sufficient to launch further action.

        Which kinda also undermines your pathetic argument that the Palestinians are sacred of the ICC. The bots like yourself have been trying to allay their fears that the PA would sign up to the ICC by trying to breath live into the pathetic argument that all war crimes are the same and that the act of firing a home made bottle rocket into the Negev is the same as dropping 500 and 1000 pound bombs on a refugee camp or hospital.

        Not only have they just signed up to it, but the ICC has now demonstrated that it does indeed judge war crimes based on the severity and the destruction they create. Clearly the firing of rockets has led to near zero fatalities and destruction and will not be judged or considered as significant as the IDF 7,000 firing 7,000 artillery shells at residential areas in the district of Shujaiya on the night of Jul. 19, including 4,500 shells in the space of just seven minutes.

        As for Israel’s economy, it is shrinking and immigration is falling especially among those with an education. The trends show things are only going to get worse.

      • CigarGod
        December 31, 2014, 9:02 pm

        Good point, shingo.
        The ability to inflict damage above the bar necessary to prove a war crime. Israeli meets it. The also meet the actual damage bar in gaza…and maybe other places. Hamas has apparently fired hundreds or thousands of rockets…but have done almost no damage. They have known for years their various sized rockets inflict no damage. So, their intent cant be said to do any meaningul harm. The same cant be said of idf.

      • Shingo
        December 31, 2014, 9:08 pm

        They have known for years their various sized rockets inflict no damage. So, their intent cant be said to do any meaningul harm.

        Not only that, but they have resisted firing their more powerful grad rockets.

      • CigarGod
        December 31, 2014, 9:13 pm

        If israel ever has to answer for their crimes…and gaza is able to demonstrate restraint on grad use…i would love for an out of control settler zionist defense attorney…proudly oroclaim the also exercised restrait…by not using their battlefield nukes. Gee, one glass of wine and i found a fantasy.

    • talknic
      December 31, 2014, 12:01 pm

      @ JustJessetr ” First the ICC rejects the whole Mavi Mamri thing”

      Quotes please …. thx

      ” then this vote comes along and a whole decade’s worth of preparation is shot down”

      A) Maths
      1967 to 2015 more than 4 decades
      1947 to 2015 more than 6 decades
      1922 to 2015 almost a century
      1897 to 2015 almost 12 decades

      B) Consequences
      The stupid Israeli frog is allowed to stay in the pot while turning the heat up on itself as the majority of the world is treated to an even clearer view of how the Jewish state places more and more obstructions in the way of peace.

      “What’s next? Iran and Syria being brought up on human rights charges?”

      You’re preparing th’ draft? Are they committing human rights abuses in territories “outside” their sovereign extent?

  8. Marnie
    December 31, 2014, 12:24 am

    “In recent years no government has invested more in the effort to achieve Israeli-Palestinian peace than the United States,” said the U.S.’s Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power after the draft resolution was called to a vote. “We voted against it because we know what everyone here knows, as well—peace will come from hard choices and compromises that must be made at he negotiating table.”

    Or,
    In recent years no government has done more to derail Israeli-Palestinian peace than the United States. “We voted against it because…seriously, you expected something more from the United States? Everyone here knows as well, peace will never come because neither the United States nor Israel see any profit in it. C’mon, these were hard decisions and no doubt the Palestinians will have no choice but to compromise (read surrender all hope) with Israel at the negotiation table. I’d love to stick around and deflect more questions but I’ve got a meet and greet with Robert Cohen, then cocktails and early dinner with Sheldon Adelson”.

  9. Marnie
    December 31, 2014, 12:34 am

    The Israeli ambassador to the US Ron Dermer was not present in New York as he stayed back in Jerusalem during the vote. Israel’s representative at the UN, however, had stern yet and brief words for the Security Council. He said they were “indulging the Palestinians” who have “engaged in a never-ending stream of political gains and now they are parading into this council with a preposterous, unilateral proposal.”

    They were “indulging the Palestinians”. The next thing to come out of his mouth will be how “cruel” it is to dangle the notion of freedom before them, then snatch it away as that was not the intention in the first place.

    It reminds me of Schindler’s List, the part near the end where Schindler insists guards hose down train cars with a transport heading to the concentration camp. He is told by commandant Goeth it was cruel because it gave them hope. How dare the US and Austrailia and the chickenshits that abstained continue to act like demigods concerning the rights and justice for Palestine? I’m doubly ashamed today. Ron Dermer and his masters are bloody bastards.

    • Kay24
      December 31, 2014, 12:53 am

      Dermer got into some trouble for poking his nose into Israeli elections, and endorsing the war criminal Beebs in the US. He ignored the fact that Israeli officials cannot do so.

      It is ironic that Russia and China (for whatever reasons) voted to free the Palestinians and give them basic rights, and that the US was against it. All this pompous talk about wording not right, is basically the US showing that the damn occupier must get the maximum from this resolution, and it should always benefit the war criminals. After all, when Israel throws a tantrum for not getting it’s way, the sugar daddy always does it’s best to soothe, and reassure, the little parasite.

      • Marnie
        December 31, 2014, 6:57 am

        You ain’t kidding Kay24, my the irony is unreal. Russia and China voted FOR Palestinians and the US (greatest democracy ever told…..) said nix. I was raised old school (cuz I’m old, duh) and tantrums were handled with amazing speed and severity. It was a real pain in the ass, but we were told “If we didn’t love you, we wouldn’t care what you did or what happened to you”. There’s a lot of truth in that statement. That sugar daddy you describe is a real dead beat dad.

    • bintbiba
      December 31, 2014, 5:38 am

      Well said, Marnie & Kay24 !

    • straightline
      January 1, 2015, 3:53 am

      I too am ashamed of my country. The only country apart from the US to oppose the resolution. And of course our media are silent on it. I am reminded of what Gareth Evans said in 2012 when Australia was intending to vote “No” to observer status for Palestine:

      to vote ‘no’ on this resolution would be not to help the cause of peace, not to help Israel and to be putting Australia absolutely on the wrong side of history in terms of our region and in terms of our capacity to be a credible and effective performer on the Security Council over the next two years

      The wrong side of history indeed. With regard to Australia’s two years on UNSC, we started badly and finished worse. It may be a very long time before we get another chance.

  10. JaapBo
    December 31, 2014, 3:30 am

    Thanks for the excellent report:
    – more elaborated than in the ‘normal’ news outlets
    – written from a neutral point of view

    Thank you

  11. piotr
    December 31, 2014, 4:15 am

    I think that for once, Abbas did the right thing. The resolution was not particularly diluted and split EU votes. Judging on recent debates in the Parliament of UK, the abstention of Her Majesty Government will not be popular, so one can foresee some momentum.

    The failure/victory now would be symbolic in any case, as USA would veto the resolution, Europe will probably be the place where the game can changed.

    • seafoid
      December 31, 2014, 4:40 am

      It’s becoming really clear that the US can’t do anything because of the parasitical influence of the lobby. The position of the US is weakened in international opinion as a result. IS love it too.

      This vote shows it more than anything.

      Israel won’t negotiate . And the Europeans know that. The time for pussyfooting around is over.
      It’ time for Israel to decide.

      All the Palestinians
      Now put your hands up

      Up in the UN club (club), we just broke up (up), I’m doing my own little thing.
      Decided to dip into politics and now you wanna trip (trip)
      ‘Cause the rest of the world noticed me

      I’m up on them, they up on me
      Don’t pay Israel any attention
      Just cried my tears, for sixty three and more good years
      The bots can’t get mad at me

      ‘Cause if you liked it, then you should have put a state on it
      If you liked it, then you shoulda put civil rights on it
      Don’t be mad once you see that the world want it
      ‘Cause if you liked it, then you shoulda put justice on it

      uh oh oh BDS BDS

      • JLewisDickerson
        December 31, 2014, 12:22 pm

        RE: “It’s becoming really clear that the US can’t do anything because of the parasitical influence of the lobby.” ~ seafoid

        MY REPLY: The Palestinians should make it perfectly clear that under absolutely no circumstances (cross their hearts and hope to die) will they participate (either directly, or indirectly) in another “peace process” brokered by the U.S. (i.e., “Israel’s lawyer”).
        In the unlikely event a U.S. administration really tried to be an “honest broker”, Israel would still be able to get its way by going around the administration directly to the fundy-infested , AIPAC-beholden U.S. Congress (as was done to veto the moratorium on building in the settlements during negotiations). By virtue of Israel’s chokehold on the U.S. Congress, it has an absolute veto over virtually anything any administration (the President, Secretary of State, “special envoys” etc.) might try to do in regards to Israel-Palestine.

  12. NickJOCW
    December 31, 2014, 4:35 am

    Even had the effort succeeded there is no one to make it happen. Neither Israel nor the US pay any attention to UN resolutions. The big wide world though will look on this as unfair and that will bolster BDS which is the only sure route to justice. Squeeze them till the pips squeak. When saner or more fearful Israelis begin to emigrate the tide will have turned.

    Meanwhile life goes on. Palestine is playing Japan on the 12th. Jordan on the 16th and Iraq on the 20th in the Asia Cup. It doesn’t seem to me those matches will be broadcast by ABC.

    http://www.afcasiancup.com/match-schedule

    http://www.afcasiancup.com/match-schedule

    but if the team gets through to the quarter finals they will be on:

    http://iview.abc.net.au/

    • seafoid
      December 31, 2014, 4:44 am

      I defer to MJ Rosenberg

      “Netanyahu is a fucking barbarian and so is everyone in his government”.

      as is Ms. Power.

      https://twitter.com/MJayRosenberg/status/550121324111482880
      “There are certain things presidents will not do out of sheer fear. Taking on Israel lobby is one of them.”

      The point where people lose the fear is incredibly powerful. We can’t say exactly when this will happen to the lobby, just that it will happen. It will start with public revulsion.

      http://www.theguardian.com/media/video/2011/jul/07/news-of-the-world-phone-hacking-nick-davies-rupert-murdoch-video

      • eGuard
        December 31, 2014, 6:07 am

        I don’t need MJ Rosenbergs smarties, in the end he’ll call his opponents an anti-Semite.

        Another liberal Zionist. (Already the quotes here show that MJ is not interested in Palestinian or anyone’s rights, but in a different Israeli govt to continue the occupation).

      • Abierno
        December 31, 2014, 12:01 pm

        Power, who was recently chosen by President Obama to serve as the next ambassador to the United Nations, has made inroads to the [Israel] community, thanks to her hands-on work in support of Israel at the United Nations and at other international forums.

        “Her starting point has always been, ‘How do we work together to overcome obstacles and to ensure that both the United States and Israel get out of these U.N. situations with the least damage?” said Dan Arbel, who served as deputy chief of mission at the Israeli Embassy…

        Read more: http://forward.com/articles/178608/for-samantha-power-support-for-israel-is-deeply-pe/?p=all#ixzz3NUj55Wo2

        Herewith the stated goal of our UN ambassador – getting the US/Israel out of situations such as the Security Council resolution with the least damage to Israel. Her recent no vote, labeled appropriately by the Russian ambassador as a “strategic error” has minimized damage to Israel, insured Netanyahu’s re election, and caused maximal damage to the US
        and its foreign policy alliances. The resolution was cobbled together as a summary of US
        policy statements on Palestine – but not surprisingly when presented to the Security Council, they were totally unacceptable. The no vote is so egregious, and the Israeli and Power comments so tone deaf – that once again, world sympathy and support is entirely with Palestine. In comparison with Mansour’s eloquent speech on Israel’s UN violations, the land thefts, Israeli embedded violence that makes every Palestinian fear for his or her life and the repeated failures of Israel to move forward as a good faith negotiator in peace talks, her comments are atrocious, and internationally recognized as such.

  13. seafoid
    December 31, 2014, 4:43 am

    The bot representing Israel at the UN is called Israel Nitzan and he is the spitting image of the young Netanyahu who went by the name Nitan.

    Are they by any chance related ?

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/dec/30/un-security-council-rejects-palestinian-statehood-bid

  14. Walid
    December 31, 2014, 4:56 am

    Seafoid, he also sounds just like the sob.

  15. HarryLaw
    December 31, 2014, 6:31 am

    Stabbed in the back by Goodluck Johnathan, the Nigerian leader was on board the Palestinian resolution until half an hour before the vote, then after calls from Kerry and Netanyahu, changed his mind. I wonder why?

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/dec/31/us-israel-un-reject-palestinian-resolution-nigeria-security-council

    • Walid
      December 31, 2014, 8:01 am

      Goodluck’s wife probaly called him to tell him she woke up with the head of her favourite horse in her bed.

      • seafoid
        December 31, 2014, 9:35 am

        Shows the weakness of Israel more than anything else. A panicky thug calls 30 mins before the vote threatening blue murder. Zero friends Israel, who has a supermodel girlfriend but only because dad pays for it. Mrs Adelson also does it out of love, LOL.

        Most features of Zionism are artificial including international support and the insemination of Mrs Adelson, presumably.

        http://www.algemeiner.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/adelsons-e1345743485426.jpg

        Hasbara is as potent as her husband’s penis these days.

        MJ Rosenberg‏@MJayRosenberg 7h7 hours ago
        Plenty of people defending Palestinians are Muslims or Arabs but most are just people who weighed the merits.

  16. JLewisDickerson
    December 31, 2014, 7:00 am

  17. laurajordan
    December 31, 2014, 7:06 am

    Nice post …

  18. Boomer
    December 31, 2014, 7:40 am

    What a shame that all this happened while Mr. Obama was 6,000 miles away, playing golf. If only there had been some way that he could have known what was going on, I’m sure that he would have spoken out eloquently for Truth, Justice, and the American way.

  19. CigarGod
    December 31, 2014, 9:19 am

    I cant keep track of all the implications of a given action. Way too complicated for a guy like me who has limited knowledge and experience. I certainly cant understand all the resulting chains of cause and effect…weighted as they are.
    I’m just trying to spot what the magicians are doing with their sly hand.
    I do notice the usa is sweetening the pot to get iran to give up their nuclear rights…while saying nothing about israels…leaving the same big dog dominating the me junk yard.

  20. HarryLaw
    December 31, 2014, 9:43 am

    The US/Israel are telling the world Palestinians cannot have a state without the permission of Israel and since Israel will not accept a proper Palestinian state, only a collection of bantustans surrounded by settlements, [if they are lucky.] Followed by a solution favoured by many Israeli politicians, transfer. Or maybe the one favoured by the US, and implemented by them not so long ago to solve “the Indian problem”. Both solutions are not so far fetched because they are being carried out now in slow motion, unless the Palestinians get their act together the pace will quicken.

    • CigarGod
      December 31, 2014, 9:47 am

      How do the palestinians “get their act together”?

      • HarryLaw
        December 31, 2014, 12:44 pm

        CigarGod. How do the Palestinians “get their act together”? First by applying for membership in ALL the UN Agencies, just like their successful
        membership in UNESCO, second, apply to join the ICC as a full member then ask the Prosecutor to initiate an investigation into the situation in the OPT, including breaches of the Geneva convention Art 49 para 6 now also included in the Rome Statute Art 8 [2][b][8] ” The transfer, directly or indirectly, by the occupying power of parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies, or the deportation or transfer of all or parts of the population of the occupied territory within or outside this territory”. Thirdly the PA should act more like a resistance movement [non violent] and stop acting as an arm of the IDF, Obviously if the first two propositions were acted upon, the third one may not be necessary, but at least it would be a start.

    • eGuard
      January 2, 2015, 11:48 am

      HarryLaw: transfer [Palestinians out of Israel].

      In 1947/1948 and 1967 this was Nakba. In 1939-1945 this was called deportation.

  21. yonah fredman
    December 31, 2014, 9:51 am

    Mister Obama’s schedule is as follows: Israeli elections in March. everything on hold til then.

    then we shall see. the one in ten chance that it is a Herzog prime ministership is one that Obama will take full advantage of. the 8.9 in 10 chance that it is a netanyahu led government constituted as expected: heavily weighted to the right, will put Obama on the spot. What does he wish to achieve in his last 22 months in office (from march 17 ’15 to january 20 ’17) vis a vis the palestinian israeli conflict? he will have to decide what is possible and what he wishes to achieve.

    • seafoid
      December 31, 2014, 10:38 am

      “We shall see. ”
      Israel is hardly going to recover from its YESHA based mental illness/personality complex by March, Yonah

      http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/dec/22/curmudgeon-control-freak-12-roles-of-christmas

      The Ego Maniac

      Probably everyone’s least favourite sibling makes it all about them. They arrive late on 24 December with some crisis going on – perhaps an illness or a lost wallet. “Could you pay my taxi?” They feel rivalry with the delighted child/ren, which they find hard to control, but this crisis does succeed in getting some of the attention off the kids and on to them. They didn’t come last year as they had a plan to have a great time with friends in London who all inexplicably dropped out at the last minute. This is their secret though. They feel they are doing the family a great favour by turning up and bagging the comfiest chair nearest the television. Much fuss is made over the eggnog they’ll be making on Boxing Day, as if it’s the main meal. Unfortunately the lid doesn’t fit on the liquidiser and much of it ends up on the kitchen walls and the Placator ends up washing that off. It isn’t Ego’s fault – nothing ever is.

    • yonah fredman
      December 31, 2014, 10:41 am

      My comment was on the issue of Obama’s choices.

    • Mooser
      December 31, 2014, 4:38 pm

      “he will have to decide what is possible and what he wishes to achieve.”

      Yup, it’s always somebody else’s job to pull Israel’s butt out of the fire.

  22. Ramzi Jaber
    December 31, 2014, 10:03 am

    To my friends and co-posters here who think getting under 9 votes was by design, I totally and absolutely respect your views but I kindly disagree.

    seafoid, you’re right, even with 11 votes, the outcome would be the same as the us will veto. But it would have made a difference: put on the record FOR THE LAST TIME that the us is opposed to what itself says it wants (2 states, peace, blah blah blah).

    obama/kerry/power have all proven they are spineless slaves of the zionists.

    abbas and (most of the) pa in his inner circle are a bunch of corrupt cowardly cabal. They knew 100% it would fail and wanted to rush it and avoid to have the us to veto. Otherwise, why not WAIT TWO DAYS?????

    It’s now almost 5:00pm and no word on a decision for next steps. For this corrupt cowardly cabal to redeem itself, here is what they must do TODAY and nothing less:
    1) File for ICC/ICJ and other UN organizations right away.
    2) Shut down the pa, and hand over the keys to the colonial occupier.
    3) Explicitly state we no longer deal with the us on this matter as the us is more zionist than the kenesset and cannot be a fair mediator. Proofs galore.
    4) Request Jordan to re-submit the same resolution on jan 1
    5) Request France and Luxembourg to formally recognize The State of Palestine

    • seafoid
      December 31, 2014, 10:19 am

      Great post, Ramzi. Points 1 to 5 I agree with wholeheartedly.

      If the bots want the status quo they have to take responsibility for the welfare of the Palestinians. I’m sure there are some psalms in the Torah that justify treating non Jews with decency LOL.

      I still think it’s a bigger chess game and that the timing was not relevant.
      The Yanks would not abstain. Their politicians do not have the balls to stand up to the elders of Zion.

      Longer term a spike in antisemitism is guaranteed.

    • CloakAndDagger
      December 31, 2014, 10:19 am

      @ Ramzi Jaber

      It will be interesting to see if Abbas actually does what you propose. If his intention was to calm the streets and appease Hamas by pushing the vote earlier than makes sense, then he has set the stage for his own demise. Without follow-through, the streets will erupt against him. I will be eager to see how the New Year commences.

      • JustJessetr
        December 31, 2014, 11:06 am

        @ cloakanddagger,

        I doubt Abbas used an early vote to appease Hamas as Hamas is slamming Abbas all over the news for going at it at all. Hamas is not appeased by anything, even if they agree with you.

        @Ramzi,

        The distribution of disability benefits to citizens in the US takes up more money than our Department of Homeland Security (which I think is fine on it’s face). There have been numerous mass shootings here in the US and there has not been one law to change how easy it is to access guns. My point being that the NRA and the so-called Disability Benefits Industry carry far more weight here than the Israel lobby. I used to think that the evil Zionists controlled Congress. But after the Sandy Hook massacre and the shameless backpedaling of Obama due to the influence of the NRA, I knew who pulled the strings here in the US.

      • ritzl
        December 31, 2014, 12:35 pm

        C&D, apparently he just did accede. From the PLO Twitter feed:

        Check out @NabilaRamdani’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/NabilaRamdani/status/550338908803059712?s=09

      • ritzl
        December 31, 2014, 12:38 pm

        BREAKING – RT “@nadplo: President #Abbas just signed on the #RomeStatute of the International Criminal Court” Happy New Year #Palestine!

      • CigarGod
        December 31, 2014, 12:41 pm

        Nice. Use their own rules/processes against them.

      • CloakAndDagger
        December 31, 2014, 1:42 pm

        @ ritzl

        Amazing! Perhaps all those who speculated that this was the actual ploy, to get the rejection at the Security Council as a precursor to the ICC, were right after all!

        2015 promises to be an interesting year!

      • Annie Robbins
        December 31, 2014, 1:57 pm

        absolutely C&D it was the only thing that made sense. there was no other logical reason to not wait an extra day for the vote. none. it was a formality to drive home the worthlessness of the entire wait and negotiate process. the ICC is the fastest way to lead to international sanctions. it’s the global community and bds that will bring israel to its knees. it will take a while but they cannot withstand a decade of sanctions.

      • ritzl
        December 31, 2014, 2:00 pm

        @C&D, Yep. Fingers crossed that it’s “interesting” in a good way.

        My fear is that Israel is so irredeemably perverse that it will seek to punish (or more perversely, sees this all as punishable) the Palestinians for initiating the ICC process quadrupling down on the very war-criminality that got it in this position in the first place.

        2015!

      • seafoid
        December 31, 2014, 2:15 pm

        “it will take a while but they cannot withstand a decade of sanctions.”

        The rich will all leave. Always happens. the Sephardim will be hurt the most.
        But they still have the choice not to kill Israel.

        I think it’s a good day for Judaism . Day 1 of the reset.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8X1sBDih1I

      • Blownaway
        December 31, 2014, 4:12 pm

        No way Annie. The ICC will be powerless in the face of Israel and the U.S. they will simply ignore thr rulings as they did the rulings against the wall. And the U.S. , willing to sacrifice the blood of their young men in the service of Israel in Iraq and maybe Iran will no doubt spend the entire treasury to,protect Israel from any sanctions. The only real power is in the one state solution. The reality of that will scare them much more than any thing else

    • Kay24
      December 31, 2014, 11:09 am

      It seems the Palestinians are pressurizing Abbas to now join the ICC.

      Abbas is like a reluctant bridegroom, shy and hesitant!

      “After setback at UN, Palestinian leadership pushing Abbas to join ICC
      PLO Executive Committee’s Erekat says leadership to convene in Ramallah Wednesday to announce decisions in vote aftermath; Hamas slams Abbas for failure on resolution.

      Having been set back in the UN Security Council with its statehood bid, the Palestinian leadership is pressuring President Mahmoud Abbas to join the International Criminal Court in The Hague, and other international institutions.”

      Haaretz

      There was another article saying Israel is slamming the Palestinians and the EU for this bid for statehood. Aw Israel is always the victim, even when the true victims struggle for freedom. The zionist are an insane bunch.

      • CigarGod
        December 31, 2014, 11:18 am

        Here in the high country…a beaver fells a mighty aspen tree…one bite at a time.

  23. Vera Gottlieb
    December 31, 2014, 10:11 am

    Don’t Americans ever tire of regurgitating the same bs time and again? And now the newest lap dog in the US kennel: Australia. The vote should have been in the General Assembly, not among a selected group.

    • Philemon
      December 31, 2014, 8:47 pm

      Every time I hear about the Palestinians trying to get recognition from one ineffective international court or another, and maybe it will pay off someday, I can’t help thinking that the lynchpin of Israel is U.S. support.

      And it’s depressing because in the U.S. those who have a conscience and a backbone and aren’t black-mailable just don’t get funded or get slammed by the media, and don’t get their Party’s nomination or get blackballed by their Party because they’re “unelectable.”

      So, our representatives are pre-selected to be spineless weasels with skeletons in the closet who have to dance to whatever tune their piper calls. They might not like it, but they console themselves that they have no other choice. And if they dance well, they get rich, relatively speaking. But not so rich as their rewarded donors get by being awarded government contracts and taxpayer funding and legislative loopholes.

      And good luck getting any campaign-finance reform through the U.S. legislature that doesn’t serve to entrench those established interests.

      In one way or another the Israeli government has reneged on every deal they’ve ever made with the Palestinians. Those agreements have been rendered null and void by the Israelis themselves. Clean slate.

      One way might be for Palestinians to adopt the U.S. Declaration of Independence wholeheartedly. And the Bill of Rights, of course. The U.S. public adores anyone who adores those things. Emulation is the sincerest form of flattery and they know it. “No Occupation without Representation!” If Palestinians would adopt that language, they could get lots more sympathy from your average U.S. American. So far, the Zionists have had the advantage because of WWII in U.S. sympathetic support.

      But the Palestinians do have to appeal to Equality before the Law, Separation of Church and State, and Representative Votes.

      As for Christian Zionists, ask ’em who they’re gonna believe? Some guy whose family is from Poland, or the guy whose family has been tending the ancient olive trees for many generations.

  24. zaid
    December 31, 2014, 11:51 am

    3 minutes ago Abbas signed the request to join the ICC

  25. Ramzi Jaber
    December 31, 2014, 12:23 pm

    Some movement………….. I just learned that abbas signed to join ICC, in total 20 new organizations.

    It seems number one of the five items I listed in an earlier post did occur (see below).

    1) File for ICC/ICJ and other UN organizations right away. CHECK.
    2) Shut down the pa, and hand over the keys to the colonial occupier.
    3) Explicitly state we no longer deal with the us on this matter as the us is more zionist than the kenesset and cannot be a fair mediator. Proofs galore.
    4) Request Jordan to re-submit the same resolution on jan 1.
    5) Request France and Luxembourg to formally recognize The State of Palestine.

    And one other thing I read just now: the zionist regime had the balls to summon the French Ambassador for questioning on their vote. The arrogance……….

    • Ramzi Jaber
      December 31, 2014, 12:43 pm

      Good end to the year. Happy New Year!!

      VIVA PALESTINA!!!!!!

    • ritzl
      December 31, 2014, 12:48 pm

      Unless I misundertand all this (and Hostage’s explanations of who does what and has standing in these things), it may have been the PLO that acceded, Ramzi.

      That would underscore your “fold up” point. If the PLO is representing Palestinians in these matters, that means one less [big] reason for the PA to exist. And if I understood Hostage correctly it makes one state v. two states wrangling irrelevant to the preservation of Palestinian rights going forward.

      Peace.

      • Ramzi Jaber
        December 31, 2014, 1:03 pm

        Absolutely right ritzl, it is the PLO. Formally and legally, the PLO is the ONLY representative of the Palestinian people. The PA is a contraption of the ailed Oslo disaster. President Abbas signed that as the Executive Chairman of the PLO. The PA is a useless entity, serving only the interests of zionists.

      • ritzl
        December 31, 2014, 1:45 pm

        Ramzi, I also saw the other day that the PA is $2B++ in debt.

        Dare we say “house of cards” at this point?

        I don’t want to get too giddy about all this ( but Yay! anyway…) but it seems like critical mass is approaching for a PA implosion bringing with it a range of new possibilities (and uncertainties).

        Tough going ahead. But as Bill Murray said in “Groundhog Day,” “Anything different is good.”

    • Boomer
      December 31, 2014, 1:13 pm

      “There is no question mark as to what are the consequences, that there will be immediate American and Israeli financial sanctions,” said Khalil Shikaki, director of the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research in the West Bank city of Ramallah. “Those sanctions will gradually become more and more crippling, and this could indeed be the beginning of the end of the P.A. They fully realize that.”

      from: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/01/world/middleeast/palestinians-to-join-international-criminal-court-defying-israeli-us-warnings.html?_r=0

      • Ramzi Jaber
        December 31, 2014, 1:16 pm

        Maybe even President Abbas got finally fed up of the us.

      • CloakAndDagger
        December 31, 2014, 1:46 pm

        I know of no other instance where going to a court to seek justice can be construed as an act of aggression worthy of sanctions!

  26. RobertB
    December 31, 2014, 1:12 pm

    For The Occupied And Oppressed Palestinians UN Means Useless Nations

    By Alan Hart

    December 30, 2014

    When Truman learned how Zionism and its collaborators had rigged the partition vote, he wrote the following in an angry memorandum to Undersecretary of State Robert Lovett. “It is perfectly clear that pressure groups will succeed in putting the United Nations out of business if this sort of thing is continued.”

    Many years later a long serving, very senior and universally respected UN official said the following to me in his office on the 38th (top) floor of the UN’s headquarters in New York. “Zionism has corrupted everything it touched, including this organization in its infancy.” I knew, really knew, that he was reflecting the deeply held but private view of all the top international civil servants who were responsible for trying to make the world body work in accordance with the ideals and principles enshrined in its Charter and international law.”

    http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article40592.htm

  27. ritzl
    December 31, 2014, 1:32 pm

    A little more context from Matt Lee/AP (h/t Joe Catron):

    http://bigstory.ap.org/article/57690f9537784fa59144ffdcb57f5362/palestinians-plan-next-steps-after-failed-un-bid

    No small part of the context is that AP chose to call this “The Big Story.”

  28. HarryLaw
    December 31, 2014, 4:47 pm

    Israeli General Mandelblit said in a Wikileaks cable describing the Palestinians actions “as war to take us to the ICC” https://wikileaks.org/cable/2010/02/10TELAVIV417.html

  29. Mikesailor
    December 31, 2014, 8:24 pm

    After watching the latest example of Palestinian diplomatic strategic incompetence, one is left with a few indelible impressions. The first is that Abbas is a Quisling supreme. Arafat must be rolling in his grave to think he once elevated Abbas to the position of Prime Minister, only to demote him later. I often wondered about their falling-out and frankly, I wouldn’t doubt that Abbas played a role in Arafat’s death. For, why would you rush this vote? On Monday or later you would have a much more amenable Security Council.Were you trying to create a situation wherein the US would not have to veto Palestinian statehood? If so, I have news for the Palestinians. Counting on Obama, or any other US politician, is useless. They will “follow the money” on the Democratic side; and follow the lead of the brain-dead Christian Zionists on the Republican. Why not embarass the US? They have been an obstacle for decades. Powers is only the latest incarnation of intellectually dishonest US diplomats opining on the Middle East. She is useless to say the most but more likely a disingenous hypocrite . If she wished to retain any credibility she would resign rather than kissing up to the likes of Boteach and the Weasel (Wiesel). Going to the ICC is NOT a substitute for the Palestinians. For if the US and Israel stonewall the ICC, what is the remedy? Whereas, getting at least 9+ votes in the Security Council would make BDS, and the imposition of EU sanctions, that much easier. Follow the money, fellow truth-seekers. That is where the real power lies. If Abbas wishes to not be a Quisling, his next move should be to organize Palestinian elections. Otherwise this is just more BS, a circle-jerk aimed to distract the masses rather than getting anything done.

  30. Nite_Owl
    December 31, 2014, 8:27 pm

    Pity America hasn’t the guts to admit the truth that they’re onside with whatever Israel does and no amount of mass murder or ethnic cleansing by Israeli Jews will ever change that. America is not an honest broker for peace. America has never been an honest anything. The Palestinian leadership should stop wasting their time by talking to US politicians and cut all ties with America who’s only goal is to have all Palestinians either dead or gone from their own country.

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