A senior Republican lawmaker urged President Obama to publicly promise to veto the Palestinian bid for membership at the United Nations, charging that a “full court press” to block the Palestinian right to statehood was not being seen.
The Palestinian Authority plans to submit a request this month to U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who will then turn that request over to the U.N. Security Council for a vote, where the US can stop it in its tracks with a veto.
Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who chairs the House Foreign Affairs Committee, voiced her dissatisfaction with the Obama administration’s concerted effort, in close cooperation with Israel and Congress, to stop the Palestinian Authority from asking for UN recognition. The Obama administration for months has denounced the bid and vowed to veto it.
The Congresswoman apparently thinks Obama doesn’t understand the stakes of a Palestinian state, which Israel fears could mean war crimes investigations, recently released secret documents have revealed.
But the Palestinians have plans to get around the expected US veto. One option is to invoke Resolution 377, put forth by the US in 1950 to avoid an obstructionist Security Council, which bypasses the Security Council if it “fails to exercise its primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security in any case where there appears to be a threat to the peace, breach of the peace, or act of aggression.”
The other option is to simply continue to submit their request for statehood, forcing the US to veto it over and over again, all the while highlighting the fact that the measure has the support of over 120 nations.
15 thoughts on “GOP Rep. Urges Obama to Promise a Veto of PA Statehood Bid”
Ros-Lehtinen is another of those 'Israel first' sycophants that seem unwilling to serve America. Of course the US will veto Palestine's appeal for statehood. Bets? Anyone? But the consequences of that veto will be a game-changer that the brain-trust in Babylon-On-The-Potomac had NOT anticipated. Who's a hypocrite? Who's the good little Israel-obeying hypocrite?
You said it all, I agree with everything.
If Obama gives the nod to Palestinian independence, the US will just be one of many- but if he insists on a veto, he will single-handedly make the US responsible for the continuation of death and privation for those living in Gaza and the West Bank. Blowback? Personally, I don't think we've SEEN the kind of blowback that could result from a US veto.
Threats of blowback don´t even come into consideration – it´s all about obedience, sick obedience.
"…but if he insists on a veto, he will single-handedly make the US responsible for the continuation of death and privation for those living in Gaza and the West Bank."
Apparently, you mistaken the shill for someone who gives a shit about such things.
Empire USA Israel, it has kept Palestine hidden in darkness and out of the public eye for 63 years. But as a member of the UN, out in the light would be Palestine with its misery for all the world to see. Surely a brand new game, for the US Empire can function only in darkness, can by brutal imperialism enrich itself upon the misery of the nations it plunders only by unending propaganda that maintains a grand illusion of good.
I think Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen has forgotten which country she should have allegiance to. I would think that as a member of Congress, they, at the least should never do anything to harm the country, or it's image.
Realizing that this is just a conjecture on the part of Mr. Glaser (based on…what?), if Representative Ros-Lehtinen is so afraid of an independent state of Palestine bringing war crimes charges up against Israel one has to reason that perhaps where there's smoke, there's fire?
She didn't forget, she never knew in the first place, or it was always clear that she thought of herself as representative of haifa. That creature needs to be voted out, soon. That's what we get for letting foreigners who immigrate here participate in our politics. Has this person ever served any purpose other than to be aipac's woman in the house of representatives?
The first thing you should look at is the allegiance she has to the country of her birth. And then, take it from there. The woman is not just the devil's advocate, she is the devil herself. Maybe, when the dust settles, she should be extradited to Cuba and let the Castro brothers deal with her accordingly. Trust me, they will know exactly what to do. And Guantanamo will be close, oh, so very close.
This is sick anyone in office in America that does things that hurt America to help Israel should be throughn out of office and then jail for supporting there war crimes.They have no care for America look at America after the 9/11 inside job America fought wars for Israel that have hurt this country to were it will be near imossible to be what it once was.If they use VETO power they alienate themselfs from most of the world.Its time Israel obeys the law and America and Israel need to be punnished for vthere crimes.Then after Israel will have to deal with there own doing.
Yep, I'd love to see that one. Ha ha!
The Palestinians have only secured the favorable vote of 140 countries, two of them being Russia and China. I can't wait to see Obomber veto that.
Israeli suckers in the U.S congress is a curse upon Americans for their ignorance and stupidity!
I'm rather upset with all this Anti-Semitic rhetoric and incitement by Self-Hating Americans. Israel is like a "light upon nations" and the only true democracy in the Middle-East region. They have been a steadfast and patriotic ally of the USA for many, many years. There are no such thing as "Palestinians," they are simply Jordanian troublemakers. Israel's special holy books and scriptures, give it absolute title to that land, even many Christians understand this simple concept.
If one wasn't anti-semitic, they would sone become one after reading your comment. I just wrote some holy books and scriptures in which it is clearly stated that your house belongs to me. When can I expect the keys.
I think we all know by now who the real Obama is and what he will do. I don't believe he could be swayed by the truth, or moved by pity, or even simply consult with his conscience. The last president who could be said to have had a sense of conscience was Jimmy Carter and that was more than 30 years ago. The CIA sabotaged his re-election. At least they didn't shoot him in the head like they did the first time.
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