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Congressional, Knesset and Israeli Lobby hardliners prioritize war on humanity, violent confrontations, racist hate, misinformation, bald-faced lies, and support for Israel's worst crimes.

In Jerusalem, police prevented MKs Aryeh Eldad and Michael Ben Ari from burning a Palestinian flag outside UN headquarters.

Western scoundrel media support for Israel is longstanding. On November 28, a Washington Post editorial headlined "What will Palestinians do after the UN vote?"

Will peace talks resume? Will Palestine sue Israeli officials at the ICC? Will Fatah/Hamas reconciliation happen? Will Palestinian violence and Abbas' retirement follow?

Like other media scoundrels, the Post ignored Palestinian statehood, blamed the PA for not pursuing peace, accused Hamas of "lob(bing) rockets at Israel," and PA leaders of "submit(ting) pointless petitions to the United Nations."

The editorial, previous ones, op-eds, and straight reporting ignore decades of occupation harshness, illegal settlements, and horrendous Israeli crimes.

Previous New York Times editorials opposed Palestinian self-determination. Only Jewish rights matter in Times Square.

On November 28, another New York Times editorial headlined "The Palestinians UN Bid." It reaffirmed which side it's on. Longstanding Times policy spurns Palestinian rights.

General Assembly support won't "endure creation of a viable Palestinian state and guarantee Israel's security."

Palestinian statehood exists. A companion article explained. Palestinians never threatened Israeli security. They don't now. Israel menaces the region. Times editors ignore facts on the ground they know or should.

"Peace negotiations have been at an impasse since 2008."

Legitimate peace talks never happened because Israel spurns them. Palestinians wanted conflict resolution for decades. Without a legitimate partner, it's impossible.

The Times urged "serious new effort(s) at a negotiated two-state solution." When Israel's Separation Wall is completed, its West Bank control will approach 60%.

Over half a million settlers occupy Palestinian land. More join them daily. Closed military zones, restricted tourist areas, commercial locations, and other Jews-only development exclude non-Jews.

At one time, two states were viable. No longer. Partition won't work. What will is one state for all its people at peace with equal rights.  It's the only legitimate way if pursued and given a chance.

Israelis won't propose it. Nor have Palestinians. Israel wants all valued parts of Judea and Samaria it wishes. It wants Jerusalem as its exclusive capital.

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