A decision by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to request the Security Council rather than the UN General Assembly to recognize Palestinian statehood is designed to force the US to make good on its pledge to veto the resolution.
Mr. Obama has vowed to block UN recognition of the Palestinian state in support of Israel. He has argued that recognition would not further the Palestinian quest for statehood and has set aside warnings from Arab nations that the veto would affect their relations with the US. The president clearly feels that he cannot afford a bruising domestic battle with Israel’s supporters in the US at a time when his ability to tackle the country’s severe economic problems is in question and with presidential elections looming in just over a year.
In a stark warning, Prince Turki al-Faisal, an influential member of the Saudi ruling family, warned that the kingdom will break with the US on Iraq, and perhaps on Afghanistan and Yemen, if the two countries were to go separate ways over next week’s Palestinian bid for statehood.
Comment by Adamantine:
It appears as though the decision by Barack Obama in 2009 to at least give tacit approval to JS’s suggestion that at some point the security council take up the decision on the middle east is now coming home to roost.
In 2009 Obama was more secure politically at home but now he knows his domestic Jewish democratic support is at risk.
Abbas may go directly to the UN security Council. Obama is in a quandary. He will lose one way domestically and the other internationally
Europe has France and Britain in the security council. Will they both vote Yes?
The ironic beauty of it all is that JS’s fingerprints are on this everywhere but he is out of office and generally hidden from fallout.
He is a retired elderly gentleman.