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Palestine UN Vote Postmortems

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Ahead of Thursday's vote, Congress suspended over $200 million in PA aid over concerns about what happened and possible Hamas/Fatah reconciliation.

On Wednesday and Thursday, lawmakers proposed 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) amendments. They want funding to Palestinians and supportive countries cut off.

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R. FL) chairs the House Foreign Affairs Committee. She represents the lunatic fringe of Republican hardliners.

"There must be consequence for (Palestinian) rejectionism and continued irresponsibility," she said. 

Democrat and Republican senators said they'll halt aid if Palestine uses its upgraded status against Israel. Senator from AIPAC Chuck Schumer (D. NY) said:

"We are committed, Democrats and Republicans, to using every means at our disposal to ensure that this UN General Assembly vote does not serve as a precedent for elevating the status of the PLO."

Neocon Senator Lindsey Graham (R. SC) added:

"The biggest fear I have is that the Palestinians achieve this status it won't be very long before the Palestinians use the United Nations as a club against Israel."

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The Israeli Lobby had its say. AIPAC said "Palestinian UN Upgrade Undermines Peace Efforts."

Israel, of course, bears full responsibility. It spurns peace, stability, and recognition of fundamental Palestinian rights.

Anti-Defamation League (ADL) national director Abe Foxman and national chair Barry Curtiss-Lusher jointly said:

"With this resolution, the General Assembly has handed the Palestinian leadership a pyrrhic public relations victory, which in all likelihood will make it even more difficult to move the process forward."  

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"The result of the vote is no surprise. The General Assembly has always given a rubber stamp to Palestinian declarations and grandstanding."

"In the long term, this resolution will have potentially disastrous consequences for future Palestinian aspirations."  

"It brings the Palestinian people no closer to statehood, nor does it bring Israel closer to peace and security."

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