A great effect of the Obama speech: Americans are going to hear clear moral voices. We will be informed. Playwright Ismail Khalidi gains a platform in the Albany Times-Union:
The only conclusion to be drawn from the ongoing row over the Palestinian plan to gain full United Nations membership is that the Palestinians have absolutely no reason to heed the advice of the United States any longer…
After two decades overseeing a “peace process,” that saw the number of illegal settlers double to more than 500,000 and Israel’s occupation entrench itself more deeply, the continued American disregard for the Palestinians’ plight is less surprise than tragedy — not only for the Palestinians, but for Israel and the United States as well.
It is a tragedy because the Palestinians, who are in their 45th year under an illegal military occupation, are no closer to achieving a viable state. This reality is courtesy of successive Israeli governments and their blindly supportive patrons in Washington who oversaw Israel’s systematic theft of Palestinian land and resources following the 1993 Oslo accords.
It is a tragedy, too, because the United States is seemingly devoid of any power to hold its favorite ally, and biggest recipient of aid, accountable to international law. The power the United States does wield, however, is expertly directed against the occupied Palestinians, who are regularly lectured and threatened with further misery and a loss of aid funding at even the slightest hint of resistance. All the while, they watch their future state disappear.
On Wednesday, President Barack Obama lectured the world and the Palestinians at the U.N. about peace and justice without even the slightest hint that he or the U.S. government was aware that their policies amount to the death of the two-state solution.