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Shame on the U.N.

John C6 Wrote: Nov 30, 2012 6:46 PM
Gentle Readers, Dear Mr. Brown, If Palestine is now an ' observer state ', as such, are they not obliged to adhere to the ordinary norms of conduct expected of any other recognized country? If Palestine sponsors terrorists who attack Israel, can Israel not now retaliate, or even force ' regime change ' as this violates the accepted norms of conduct for a state? Is Palestine not now, actually, in fact, obliged to take decisive police or even military action to stop terrorists within it's territory? Should they fail to do so, would that not violate international norms? Finally, doesn't recognizing the PA now isolate HAMAS? This may yet turn out to be the best thing to happen for Israel in many years? It all will depend how it's managed.
Dave M Wrote: Dec 01, 2012 4:56 AM
John- you are engaging in wishful thinking that flies in the face of 60+ years of unremitting hostility.

On November 29th, 1947, the United Nations’ General Assembly voted to partition Palestine into a Jewish and an Arab state. The Jewish leadership accepted the plan; the Arab leadership rejected it. Sixty-five years later, on November 29th, 2012, Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority, excoriated Israel, praised Islamic terrorists, and received the overwhelming approbation of the General Assembly, which voted 138 to 9 (with 41 abstentions) to recognize Palestine as a “non-member observer state.”

Abbas was perfectly clear: “The moment has arrived for the world to say clearly: Enough of aggression, settlements and occupation.” The world, then, through the U.N.,...