Wednesday, September 21, 2011

That Palestinian entity

Palestine seems to have mightily unsettled the United States by approaching the United Nations for statehood.  In a speech at the UN today, the American president insisted that the Palestinian move was misguided, and that "there is no shortcut to peace".  His Secretary of State has said that "the path to an independent Palestinian state lies through direct talks (with Israel), not through the United Nations".  To paraphrase the American position:
Palestine, wait another 60 years while we jerk you around some more.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has derided the Palestinian decision to seek statehood for being "unilateral".  It seems that the word 'unilateral' has come to mean 'without American support',  which would explain why the Prime Minister does not consider Israel's successful bid for statehood in the UN in 1949 as unilateral. Double standards, you see, lie only in the eyes of the beholder.

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