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An Ominous Foreboding at the U.N. Next Week

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Turkey's President Recep Erdogan, a strong supporter of Palestinian statehood and in no mood for Israeli intransigence, on a another front has demanded the Israelis apologize for the killing of 9 Turks during the Israeli commando raid on the Gaza bound relief flotilla last year (which the Israelis have refused saying the interdiction in international waters was "legally" justified; only in their eyes however, and their lackeys in the U.S. Congress). Erdogan has said he will send Turkish warships to accompany other peaceful flotillas in the Mediterranean bound for Gaza. This decision by Erdogan all but ends the previous close military and diplomatic cooperation between the two countries.

Saudi Arabia, the primary financial backer of the Palestinians, has made it known a U.S. veto of their statehood request could threaten its "special relationship" with the U.S. acknowledging the vast majority of Arabs and Muslims demand justice for the Palestinian people. The Saudis recognize their own vulnerability to internal unrest if they're seen by ordinary Saudis as acquiescing to a U.S. veto.

As for the Palestinians themselves, a U.S. veto could bring a new "Infatata" uprising against their Israeli occupiers. They've witnessed negotiations between themselves and the Israelis come to naught. Israel continues to expropriate Palestinian lands in the West Bank, bulldoze homes, olive groves and orchards to accommodate Orthodox Jewish settlers, built the 22' apartheid wall around the West Bank and Jerusalem and realize the Israelis have no intention of negotiating a peace settlement with them and that the ongoing occupation in place since the 1967 war is their permanent plight.

Thus the Palestinian demand for full membership as a state by the U.N. is the necessary step forward. Significantly, state membership in the U.N. would also grant them membership in the International Criminal Court in the Hague where Israeli abuses and human rights violations can be brought forth and prosecuted particularly the building of settlements in the West Bank which would be viewed as illegal (something Israel is desperate to avoid).

To be sure a U.S. veto of the Palestinian request for full recognition as a state by the U.N. will lead to a plethora of unexpected consequences, none of which appear positive and which more likely will bring greater instability in the region and the world beyond.                    


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