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United States Outvoted on Palestinian Issue

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The United States broke ranks with most of the Western world, our allies in Europe and in France included, to oppose the forward movement of Palestine toward formal statehood in the assessment of the United Nations.

It is noteworthy that the vote to upgrade Palestine from an “entity” to a “non-member state” was anything but close. One hundred and thirty eight members of the UN voted for the change in status; only nine, including the United States, voted against. This imbalance gives us cause for concern.

The differences in status between the Arab and Jewish states have been an unpleasant issue for some 65 years. In 1947, a plan was proposed that provided some progress in protecting economic and religious rights, but it was rejected by the leaders of the Arab community. Based on that proposal and rejection, wars have been fought, and the plan never came to fruition. In 2011, Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas indicated a belief that the rejection was a mistake, and subject to rectification.

The United States has given reasons for the no-vote, but they seem more like  excuses than reasons. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told the Brookings Institution that the resolution will “do nothing to advance the peace and the two-state solution we all want to see.”

The United States rightfully stands in every case staunchly behind the Jewish community. Jews are the leaders of many of the most relevant aspects of our modern world. Without the Jewish community, the motion picture industry, television, media, theater — the vast culture of our modern world would be far less than it is. They lead, not slightly, but significantly.

But we might have learned from the intellectual community that emotion distorts, it doesn’t clarify. Decisions should be made from a foundation of reason and objectivity. If we reject the rights of the Palestinians out of an emotional bond with the Jewish community, are we not ignoring the very precepts they advance?

Observers have suggested that the Palestinians are remnants of an earlier time; primitives, not to be taken seriously. They can be ignored and maltreated without remorse. Never mind their modern cities, universities, philosophies. Such thinking is not consistent with the role America strives for in the world.

I haven’t traveled to Jerusalem, and am less well versed on this issue than are many wise buffs. I contain this article in “There, I Said It!” and I may be wrong; out of my depth. If so, I look forward to any commentary that may come of it.

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John Lake had a long and successful career in legitimate and musical theater. He moved up into work behind the camera at top motion pictures. He has done a smattering of radio, and television John joined the Blogcritics field of writers owing to a passion for the liberal press, himself speaking out about the political front, and liberal issues. Now the retired Mr. Lake has entered the field of motion picture, television, and video game (now a daily gamer!) critique. His writing is always innovative and immensely readable!
  • cindy

    Thoughtful article, John. Thanks for posting it.

  • The overall problem Israel has with UN recognition of the Palestinians as a non-member state is the
    conduct of Hamas as evidenced by airborne missiles over Israel and random suicide bombers mounting
    attacks on innocent civilians. For this reason, the current prime minister and even previous ones
    prefer that the Palestinians come to the negotiation table to talk about real peace, as well as an
    unconditional recognition of the State of Israel. Recognition of the Palestinians as a non-member state
    ignores the central problem for the Palestinians right now which is to get Hamas to agree to the unconditional right of
    the State of Israel to exist as well as a formula for continuous peaceful coexistence.

  • Igor

    I think the Palestinians should have some stsua in the UN because that makes it easier to kep and eye on them and exert some influence over their activities. It should also cause the Palestinians to tamp out some of the revolutionary flames among their partisans.

  • Is France still part of Europe or did I miss some news over Thanksgiving?

  • Glenn Contrarian

    I’m glad the U.N. outvoted us – the Palestinians deserve a nation of their own, and Israel needs to treat them with the same respect they themselves want.

  • There, I’m glad you said it. Many kind-hearted Jews are probably glad you said it, too. People of any religion, or no religion, can recognize injustice when they see it.