Demonstrating the power of the Israeli lobby (which holds Washington hostage to an anti-Palestinian ideology that is out of step with the rest of the civilized world).
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian people are enjoying sweeping support in the lead up to Thursday night’s vote at the UN General Assembly over whether to upgrade the Palestinians’ standing to non-member observer status. By Thursday morning Israel time, that support had turned into a full-on landslide, as more European nations decided to alter their positions, essentially leaving Israel to fend for itself.Early Thursday morning, just hours before the vote — scheduled to take place around 11:00 P.M. (Israel time) — Germany changed its mind, deciding to abstain from voting rather than opposing the Palestinian initiative, as Israel had assumed it would.
Rejection of the Palestinian’s request is neither sensible nor moral. That, as stated previously, the US wishes to continue down this path is a demonstration of policy-immorality. Or worse, raises the question as to where policy is crafted. Is it in Washington, or is it in Jerusalem? Is the U.S. an independent nation or is it Netanyahu’s lap dog? The current decision would seem to indicated the latter.