Victoria Nuland, the new spokesperson for the United States Department of State, just declared it is not good that Palestine demands from United Nations the recognition as a state.
She says "negotiations have to continue" - like they have been doing for so many decades now. Meanwhile, the Israeli government is stealing more and more acres of land from Palestinians. It is pushing forward ethnic cleansing. When Palestinians demand the expansion to stop, the Israeli government claims that is not possible, negotiations should be "without pre-conditions". The chuzpah.
Victoria Nuland's grandparents were Jewish and although her dad considers himself agnostic, he is very attached to that community. Somehow that reminds me a bit of Ari Fleischer, a previous White House Press Secretary, also from Jewish background. I find it curious I don't see so many Arab names among those spokespersons and secretaries. Is it not fair to ask about it? The ratio difference between Jewish American/Arab American is not that significant (even if most Arab Americans are not Muslim).
|Palestinian woman having to leave what is now Israel, 1948|
Palestinians should ask for recognition of Palestine as a state. The current government of the US just wants to avoid vetoing Palestine, as the Israeli government will demand from them, because that would show very clearly how the US is so partial about the whole issue. If they veto, be it. The world will know. It is time to recognise Palestine as an equal state. It has as much right to exist as Israel. Israel has to accept it has no more and no less rights than anyone else. It is not special. It is not superior. It has to abide by international law, like anyone else.