Ah, politics are in the air. Yes, there will be an election next November and Republicans are making certain they come across as the friend of Israel. When Under the administration of George Bush there were no resolutions from the Senate concerning what Palestinian leaders could or should do, but now that a Democrat is in the Oval Office, it is time for the children in the Senate to play a nice game of politics. The Senate passed a resolution warning the Palestinian Authority that if it persists “in efforts to circumvent direct negotiations by turning to the United Nations or other international bodies,” the US Congress will cut off financial aid to Palestinians. It warned the Palestinian Authority it could not go to the United Nations and seek recognition as an independent state. Huh! How dare American senators tell a nation it can not go to the UNITED NATIONS!! That is a perfectly legal and recognized manner of conducting international business.
Let’s look at the record:
1. The Arab League has agreed to recognize the existence of the state of Israel.
2. The Palestinian Authority has agreed to recognize the existence of the state of Israel.
3. The issue is continued REFUSAL ON THE PART OF PRIME MINISTER BENJAMIN NETANYAHU TO HALT ILLEGAL SETTLEMENT ON THE WEST BANK which has halted negotiations.
4. Do our supposedly intelligent US Senators understand that building settlements on the West Bank VIOLATES INTERNATIONAL LAW?
The bottom line behind this vote is MONEY, MONEY, MONEY.