Obama Trades Palestine for Jewish Votes

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Palestine UN Resolution Veto!
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But Obama May Get Jewish Votes

Some say President Obama tried hard to 'head off' the resolution in the United Nations to grant Palestine the long overdue statehood. Others say his failure was really a success - to gain much needed Jewish votes here in U.S.

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For months, U.S. and Israeli diplomats worked to forestall a plan by the Palestinians to present their resolution to the Security Council. Now, however, with Obama facing restiveness among some Jewish supporters, the prospect of a veto comes at a politically useful moment.

Democratic advisors are worried about Obama's relationship with Jewish voters in the wake of a Republican upset last week in a heavily Jewish congressional district in New York, where some voters said they were protesting the administration's record on Israel.

Suspicion of the president among pro-Israel voters has simmered since he went to Cairo two years ago and promised a new beginning in U.S. relations with the Muslim world. In urging Arabs and Israelis to the bargaining table, Obama has been critical of Israeli settlements and at times seemed at personal odds with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

"Israelis feel the president dislikes them," said Jon Alterman, director of the Middle East program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a nonpartisan think tank in Washington. "The Palestinians feel the president has gotten rolled by Prime Minister Netanyahu and has not been able to protect their interests."

Advisors to Obama acknowledge the president's frustration with the lack of progress toward Middle East peace, a cornerstone of his foreign policy just two years ago, and say he plans to articulate for world leaders this week his resolve to see the parties work out a two-state solution in direct negotiations with each other, not at the United Nations.

But whether the vote comes in days or weeks, the U.S. will make clear its intent to prevent the world body from recognizing a Palestinian state. Obama also plans a one-on-one meeting with Netanyahu.

Neither side feels an urgency to reach a deal, said Alterman, "and under those circumstances you can have all the negotiations in the world but you can't get a peace deal."

That stalemate has put Obama in a difficult position. Arab partners in the region warn that a vote against statehood could inflame distrust of the U.S. But American envoys have thus far been unable to avert it.

As Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas sees it, full membership is the legitimate right of his people. He promised in a televised address Friday to submit the statehood request to the Security Council after he finishes delivering his speech to the General Assembly at the end of this week.

Some Palestinian leaders, angered by what they see as the Obama administration's failure to deliver, hope to embarrass the United States at a time when it is desperately trying to reverse its shrinking support in the Muslim world.

In the wake of the New York congressional special election, Republicans spot an opening.

"To date, the Obama administration has failed to provide consistent, responsible support for Israel," said Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee. In the future, he said, the U.S. must "show the Palestinian leadership and the rest of the world that we will continue to stand with our ally Israel."

During the weeklong session in New York, the U.N. General Assembly will also devote time to discussing the transition in Libya.

Obama will address a meeting of several world leaders to talk about the developments he hopes to see in Libya and to outline future U.S. support.

He'll also meet with the chairman of the Transitional National Council, which the U.S. recognizes as the legitimate government of Libya, and with Afghan President Hamid Karzai — the first session between the two since Obama laid out his plans earlier this year for a U.S. transition out of Afghanistan.

In his address to the full assembly on Wednesday, Obama plans to offer an assessment of the state of American foreign policy, including the drawdown of military troops in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as leadership in the international effort to protect Libyan civilians from the forces of Mommar Kadafi.

The Palestinians say they plan to pursue statehood before the Security Council, but they also have the right to petition the full General Assembly to raise them to the status of an "observer." With that designation, the Palestinians would have greater latitude in institutions like the International Criminal Court, where they could conceivably pursue claims against Israel. Abbas has not foreclosed pursuing that option.

Even though either vote would probably be delayed for procedural reasons, the request makes the Arab-Israeli conflict — and Obama's policy in the region — a focal point of the week's events.

Obama administration officials believe they have a strong story to tell.repub elephant1

The U.S. has provided unprecedented assistance to Israeli defense, pushed for tough sanctions to thwart the Iranian nuclear program and stood up against attacks on the legitimacy of Israel at the U.N. and elsewhere, said Ben Rhodes, deputy national security advisor.

Obama plans to make those points when he addresses the full assembly, said Rhodes, even though the U.S. commitment to Israel should already be evident.

"He'll be speaking broadly to the unbreakable bond between the United States and Israel," Rhodes said. "But I think the range of steps that we've taken should be clear to many."



#5 Imran 2011-09-20 14:51
The Muslim's themselves are a divided people therefore we only have ourselves to blame!. Consider the current situation as a divine punishment from Allah!
#4 Shame on Obama! 2011-09-18 22:46
He is definitely going for the Jewish vote!
I also think that the FBI will be right behind him... ugh. God help us all, and the poor oppressed Muslims at the hand of American gov and the Zionists....
#3 Islam 2011-09-18 21:37
Asalamo-Alaikom ,____We can try to write to them and we can make the phone calls but it will not make a difference, because the plan for the statehood of Palestine is not going to last longer nor would it create and effective movemnet that could shed some lights on it.____They will have it their way, no matter what. It is set that the vote in UN will be vito by the US and they are already set to do so. What we need is a better educational system within the Muslim Ummah to better deliver, liberate and spread the message of True Islam to the rest of the world. INSHALLAH the time has come almost where we need to sharpen our swords.
#2 ferguson 2011-09-18 03:36
as an australian the amount of times i have been disgusted with how america has been run and how many times obama has let down the americans and the rest of the world is just so wrong. he will have to answer to Allah (swt) one day. at the end of the day and obama himself has said it, they will always support israel. israel is an apartheid state and murderous one at that. both sides have issues thats fine, but at the end of the day israel is in the wrong, they are occupiers zionists and have a hidden agenda. what they have done to the palestian ppl is disgusting. that reply above from the whitehouse is just pr, its just your standard politically correct viewpoint. its not how they feel. they will support israel till the end. jews are not bad, zionets are evil. its tragic what the palestinians have lost. facebook has many pages where you can actualy get stories about what is actually going down at the grass roots, since mainstream media ignores it all and gives one side, which is never the truth or the full story. international community to save palestine is one facebook page, so are a bunch of others such as activists for palestine etc. shame on israel.
#1 Samara 2011-09-17 23:10
I had wrote to the white house, and called many times, concerning this issue. This was the response I had received. Anyone can call to comment on this issue. The number to speak to an operator at the white house to leave a comment is 202-456-1111_-- --------------- --------------_ _The White House, Washington_ ___ __August 24, 2011___Dear Friend:__Thank you for writing. I have heard from many Americans concerned about the Israeli-Palesti nian conflict, and I appreciate your perspective. I remain committed to a sustained diplomatic effort to promote peace in the region, because achieving a secure and lasting peace is critical not only for Israelis and Palestinians, but also for their neighbors and the United States. __ __Resolving the Israeli-Palesti nian conflict demands our immediate and continued attention. For generations, the conflict has taken a terrible human toll, and continued instability in the Middle East makes us all less safe. We must open a more hopeful chapter in the story of the Holy Land.__ __Through comprehensive and sustained efforts, we can achieve the goal of two states: a Jewish state of Israel and a viable Palestinian state, living side by side in peace and security. This approach requires working with Israelis, Palestinians, and other stakeholders over the long term, and my Administration will do just that.__ __I encourage you to join me online and read more about my Administration' s approach to this complex issue and other critical foreign policy matters at: www.whitehouse.gov/agenda/foreign_policy.__ __Again, thank you for sharing your thoughts. ___Sincerely,__ Barack Obama__Visit WhiteHouse.gov_ _ __

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