The UN recently voted to change Palestine’s designation from “entity” to “nonmember observer state” — the same status enjoyed by the Vatican. The vote was 138-9, with 41 abstentions. Voting no were Israel, United States, Canada, the Czech Republic, Panama, and several Pacific island nations.
For the record, I approve the change. Rather than condemn the action as our government has, I applaud it as another step toward the two-state solution which requires, after all, two states. I think the U.S. is badly out of step on this one, but Israel counts on our support. Personally I think it’s not our fight. Israel has demonstrated it is more than capable of defending itself.
Not sure how the world will make one state out of three separate pieces — Gaza, the Western Bank, and the Golan Heights, but I assume they have some ideas. Israel’s immediate reaction was to announce another big
land grab settlement in the West Bank. Doesn’t sound to me like a nation that wants peace. Look at the maps. If they can keep this fighting and unrest going for long enough, they will have absorbed all the Palestinian lands. Perhaps they’re intent on a one-state solution.