Comments on: The coming Palestinian statehood Fri, 05 Dec 2014 14:27:05 +0000 hourly 1 By: StevenFeldman Sun, 14 Aug 2011 16:20:34 +0000 Bremmer writes: “one of the most popular causes across the Middle East is a more genuine and vigorous defense of Palestinians”.

If this were true, the Palestinians would be warmly welcomed as equals in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Kuwait and the other Arab countries. Instead, they live in squalid refugee camps, discriminated against by the locals, unable to obtain citizenship or jobs. The dirty little secret in the Middle East is that the Arabs care less for the Palestinians than do the Israelis. Kuwait expelled half a million of them following the Gulf War for their support of Saddam Hussein.

The other Arab tribes are only interested in the Palestinians to the extent that they can be put to use in the relentless effort to rid the region of Jews.

By: Slammy Fri, 05 Aug 2011 14:28:46 +0000 The World Trade center location was filled in and sits on top of what was once a harbor. Why not build a peninsula out into the Mediterranean and give it the Palestinians? They will have more land and beach front property.

By: RachelWells Fri, 05 Aug 2011 08:31:10 +0000 While we know this is all but a done deal — it’s the most destructive decision made to date by the UN and believe me they have a history of destructive decisions. To give the Palestinians ‘statehood’ recognition is to truly reward the terrorist state — then again did we expect anything different? No.

To those that believe that Israel needs to ‘get over it’ – I say to you, two words, ‘Never again’. While I am not shocked, I can assure you the situation gets worse the ‘peace process’ is over and you can be assured that the US (once we rid ourselves of Obama) will come down like a hammer against the so called Palestinian state. Enough of rewarding terror. End it.

By: USAalltheway Fri, 05 Aug 2011 02:06:06 +0000 Palesinians can’t make peace amongst themselves so the idea of a unified state is a joke.

By: changeling Fri, 05 Aug 2011 01:44:59 +0000 Can’t we just butt out? It’s pretty obvious by now that our interference in their affairs only postpones the inevitable. Let the Israelis have their long overdue, if not misdirected, holocaust revenge. It is cruel to have it drawn out out over decades with gradual settlement encroachments. Let’s move aside so they can just get it over with quickly. (no cameras please)

By: rebelgroove Thu, 04 Aug 2011 23:31:12 +0000 This offer is a trick which will suddenly disappear the day after the Palestinians retract their bid at the UN. The only path is for Palestine to negotiate from the position of nationhood.

By: milanr61 Thu, 04 Aug 2011 16:21:08 +0000 Benjamin Netanyahu seems to these days tries to persuade Palestinian leaders to refrain from action in the UN and to turn to bilateral negotiations. But it seems that the Israel effort futile – The Palestinians know what they want.

The important question – whether the forthcoming third intifada? If this is the case we can expect that the Arab leaders certainly support the Palestinians. In order to stabilized the situation in their countries.

Further, the U.S. does not seem to be able to assist Israel militarily in the event of war. Who then is left to help him?

The question that torments me all the time – whether the destabilization of Israel means to destabilize the whole world? As it would for example mean destabilization of Saudi Arabia?

By: rebelgroove Thu, 04 Aug 2011 15:54:58 +0000 It’s time for a Palestinian state. It’s time for Israel to stop stealing Palestinian land. Israel does not have any ‘right’ whatsoever to the West Bank. A ‘religious’ right has no weight, and should not, when it comes to reality. Religion, whether Judaism, Islam or Christianity, is simple mythology and has no place in the politics of the 21st Century.

Obama may not be able to support the Palestinian fight against the violent narcissism of Zionism, but I’m sure he’ll do what he can.

By: AaronR Thu, 04 Aug 2011 15:35:30 +0000 As a 100% supporter of Israel, I believe the focus of discussion should be the empowerment of BOTH population groups.
The inbuilt philosophy of Islam superiority needs to be tempered with a pragmatic recognition of demographic and economic change, which Israel has seen blossom after the establishment of the State.
Recognition fine. Political rhetoric abounding. Please tell us how Abbas or anyone else will FUND the state. How will they provide infrastructure? Industry? Taxation policies?
Oh, and once they have a state, how many of the other under-attack administrations will support them? (They have not been stellar so far in 60+ years).
Oh, wait – Israel is there with an economic structure to help, and in return only wants security for their citizens.
Give me a break! Self determination, sure. Self-fueling economics, not so apparent.

By: eachtohisown Thu, 04 Aug 2011 15:06:41 +0000 This is very sad for Israel. It probably makes a pre-emptive strike on Iran more difficult, as it would become linked with popular Arab opinion.
Jewish religious philosophy incorporates the idea of Justice with Generosity. Israel should (do away with Gaza) and give the Palestinians and administration which includes the Occupied Land and adds a generous swathe to the north, preferably including a shoreline.
In short, the Holy land should be Palestinian across the north, near Lebanon, and Israeli to the south.
I am dreaming, of course.