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Americans Disappointment; Europeans Condemnation

Fadi Abu Sada* –  “we continue to emphasize that America does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlements”.  (Applause) U.S President Obama told the UN general assembly last year.

Now Wessington is talking about a disappointment by Israel’s decision on the settlement issue, as if disappointment is enough, is that not shameful?

Obama continued to say “The United States does Israel no favors when we fail to couple an unwavering commitment to its security with an insistence that Israel respect the legitimate claims and rights of the Palestinians (Applause.)” and nations within this body do the Palestinians no favors when they choose vitriolic attacks against Israel over constructive willingness to recognize Israel's legitimacy and its right to exist in peace and security. (Applause)

Obama saw a clear goal in his speech last year “Two states living side by side in peace and security -- a Jewish state of Israel, with true security for all Israelis; and a viable, independent Palestinian state with contiguous territory that ends the occupation that began in 1967, and realizes the potential of the Palestinian people.  (Applause)”

But these days Obama and his administration are content to show disappointment as he did not say those words and make those commitments.

The European Union is not in a better place; The Forging Policy department has condemned Israel’s decisions of not extending the freeze of construction in West Bank settlements. France was quick to announce its sorrow. In fact we should remember that the USA has excluded the Quartet committee, the EU and Russia and preferred to single handed take on the Palestinian-Israeli peace process, by betting on its strength to achieve a significant jump forward.

But now Washington is sending its special Envoy George Mitchell to the region to salvage what can be saved.

We never believed that Israel is serious about peace; moreover we did not expect any brake though during the direct talks that started earlier in September. But we hoped for a small change especially after Obama speech to the American Jewish leaders, where he reminded them of their responsibility, and Obama’s talk about a Palestinian state in the UN next year.

We get ashamed of ourselves when we say things and do not do them or become unable to do them, but it seems that nobody else cares about that, it seems that Obama can’t resolve an issue that could bring security to the world and not just Israel if it is solved. Here comes to mind Obama words when he said that peace in the Middle East is very essential to the national security of the USA, is this till the case or not?

It’s true that the Palestinian decision may be with continuing the talks after President Abbas meets with Arab leaders next month, and we know that the options for us is limited.  But we are certain that America and the EU  has many options and not just showing disappointment and condemnation, as we are being left alone to counter Israeli settlements that are eating up our state like cancer.

Fadi Abu Sada, PNN Editor in Chief