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Washington Threatens Palestinian Statehood Bid

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Washington Threatens Palestinian Statehood Bid - by Stephen Lendman

Washington wages wars multiple ways, including militarily, financially, and politically by supporting wrong over right each time.

For decades, it subverted peace negotiations and Palestine's bid for statehood. The Obama administration's now doing it again, besides waging multiple wars and undermining freedom wherever it surfaces, abroad and at home.

On August 26, Haaretz headlined: "US: We will stop aid to Palestinians if UN bid proceeds," saying:

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America "will stop all financial aid to the Palestinian Authority if they" pursue statehood and de jure UN membership In September.

US Consul General Daniel Rubenstein told chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat that Washington will veto a UN Security Council resolution if it's sought unilaterally within June 1967 borders, despite its illegality under international law and its pledge not to do so against any state seeking UN membership.

Moreover, only the General Assembly has authority to affirm new members by a two-thirds majority. It's believed more than enough support exists to admit Palestine as a sovereign state full member.

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Rubenstein also threatened to cut off aid and impose other unspecified punitive measures. Whether replicating in Palestinian what's ongoing in Libya wasn't suggested, but as Washington at times puts it: 

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