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Watch Abbas’ Full Speech to the U.N.

Posted on Sep 23, 2011

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas made his official request to the Security Council on Friday, asking it to grant Palestine full membership in the United Nations.

Abbas received numerous standing ovations during his 40-minute speech, but the longest, most hearty applause came when he held up a copy of the letter requesting membership that he had handed to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon just before his speech.

“The time has come,” Abbas said.

But not everyone thought so. Less than an hour after Abbas finished speaking, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took to the lectern and criticized much of what Abbas said. He took a stab too at the United Nations, calling it “a theater of the absurd.” —BF

Watch Abbas’ full speech to the United Nations General Assembly below:

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By Robert, September 24, 2011 at 12:50 pm Link to this comment

Obama Secretly Sold Israel Bunker-Buster Bombs (Bush Refused)

by Haitham Sabbah on September 24, 2011

“Not much after President Obama’s lecture advocating Zionist dreams at the UN, the real ugly face of Obama appears to the public once again.

Obama approves secret sale of ‘bunker buster’ bombs to Israel.

The Man-of-Peace is secretly supplying Israel with 55 powerful bunker-busting bombs capable of destroying buried targets, like arms caches or perhaps sites in Iran suspected of being part of that nation’s nuclear weapons program, American officials said Friday.

From Newsweek:

  While publicly pressuring Israel to make deeper concessions to the Palestinians, President Obama has secretly authorized significant new aid to the Israeli military that includes the sale of 55 deep-penetrating bombs known as bunker busters, Newsweek has learned.

  In an exclusive story to be published Monday on growing military cooperation between the two allies, U.S. and Israeli officials tell Newsweek that the GBU-28 Hard Target Penetrators—potentially useful in any future military strike against Iranian nuclear sites—were delivered to Israel in 2009, just several months after Obama took office.

  The military sale was arranged behind the scenes as Obama’s demands for Israel to stop building settlements in disputed territories were fraying political relations between the two countries in public.

  The Israelis first requested the bunker busters in 2005, only to be rebuffed by the Bush administration. At the time, the Pentagon had frozen almost all U.S.-Israeli joint defense projects out of concern that Israel was transferring advanced military technology to China.

  In 2007, Bush informed Ehud Olmert, then prime minister, that he would order the bunker busters for delivery in 2009 or 2010. The Israelis wanted them in 2007. Obama finally released the weapons in 2009, according to officials familiar with the still-secret decision.”


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By Robert, September 24, 2011 at 12:23 pm Link to this comment

A President Who is Helpless in the Face of Middle East Reality

Obama’s UN speech insists Israelis and Palestinians are equal parties to conflict

By Robert Fisk

“September 23, 2011 “The Independent” —Today should be Mahmoud Abbas’s finest hour. Even The New York Times has discovered that “a grey man of grey suits and sensible shoes, may be slowly emerging from his shadow”.

But this is nonsense. The colourless leader of the Palestinian Authority, who wrote a 600-page book on his people’s conflict with Israel without once mentioning the word “occupation”, should have no trouble this evening in besting Barack Hussein Obama’s pathetic, humiliating UN speech on Wednesday in which he handed US policy in the Middle East over to Israel’s gimmick government.

For the American President who called for an end to the Israeli occupation of Arab lands, an end to the theft of Arab land in the West Bank – Israeli “settlements” is what he used to call it – and a Palestinian state by 2011, Obama’s performance was pathetic.

As usual, Hanan Ashrawi, the only eloquent Palestinian voice in New York this week, got it right. “I couldn’t believe what I heard,” she told Haaretz, that finest of Israeli newspapers. “It sounded as though the Palestinians were the ones occupying Israel. There wasn’t one word of empathy for the Palestinians. He spoke only of the Israelis’ troubles…” Too true. And as usual, the sanest Israeli journalists, in their outspoken condemnation of Obama, proved that the princes of American journalists were cowards. “The limp, unimaginative speech that US President Barack Obama delivered at the United Nations… reflects how helpless the American President is in the face of Middle East realities,” Yael Sternhell wrote.

And as the days go by, and we discover whether the Palestinians respond to Obama’s grovelling performance with a third intifada or with a shrug of weary recognition that this is how things always were, the facts will continue to prove that the US administration remains a tool of Israel when it comes to Israel’s refusal to give the Palestinians a state.

How come, let’s ask, that the US ambassador to Israel, Dan Shapiro, flew from Tel Aviv to New York for the statehood debate on Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s own aircraft? How come Netanyahu was too busy chatting to the Colombian President to listen to Obama’s speech? He only glanced through the Palestinian bit of the text when he was live-time, face to face with the American President. This wasn’t “chutzpah”. This was insult, pure and simple.

And Obama deserved it. After praising the Arab Spring/Summer/ Autumn, whatever – yet again running through the individual acts of courage of Arab Tunisians and Egyptians as if he had been behind the Arab Awakening all along, the man dared to give the Palestinians 10 minutes of his time, slapping them in the face for daring to demand statehood from the UN. Obama even – and this was the funniest part of his preposterous address to the UN – suggested that the Palestinians and Israelis were two equal “parties” to the conflict.”


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By PatrickHenry, September 24, 2011 at 11:09 am Link to this comment

Howard, business slow in the Israeli tour guide business?

Hamas was a creation of Israel as a counter to Arafat and Fatah, this is old news and you know it.  Also Hamas dropped its call for the destruction of Israel from its charter over 5 years ago.

If the U.S. is foolish enought to veto the creation of Palestine state then resolution 377 need to be involked where the US veto is over ruled.

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By EmileZ, September 24, 2011 at 8:29 am Link to this comment

@ Howard
And if Hamas dares to deviate, Israel will bomb the hell out of it, Right???

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By Howard, September 24, 2011 at 6:19 am Link to this comment

Israel ’ hates’ Hamas?
Maybe because Hamas’s charter, and words and speeches
all call for the complete eradication and destruction
of Israel.

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By Soubie, September 24, 2011 at 6:10 am Link to this comment
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Go Palestine!  We’re routing for you!

On to the criminal court!  Yea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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By EmileZ, September 24, 2011 at 5:07 am Link to this comment

Israel hates Hamas and will do anything to delegitimize them. ESPECIALLY if they might be ready to recogninize Israel as a legitimate state in spite of their horrific repression.

Israel broke the cease fire.

Anyhow, here is a clip. I am depressed about this.

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By Howard, September 24, 2011 at 4:17 am Link to this comment

Plight of the Palestinians ?
Self induced, for sure.
Been shooting themselves in the foot all these decades.
They would rather have no state, if it has
to be next to Israel.

Did they ever have a state?  No   When
Jordan had it for 18 years they never
offered it the the Pal’s. 
Jordan is 60% palestinian.
A federation with Jordan is the best solution.
Of course Hamas will not allow that easily.

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By EmileZ, September 23, 2011 at 9:33 pm Link to this comment

Abbas’s speech was truly heartwrenching.

As in the case of so much poverty, misery, oppression, and violence throughout the world, the U.S. foreign policy machine is largely responible, if not for its creation, then its perpetuation.

Netanyahu’s performance was truly disgusting as always. What was especially disgusting about it was that so many will believe his lies.

Obama couldn’t even bring himself to mention the plight of the Palestinian’s or their very legitimate security concerns (and he has the nerve to speak of justice???).

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By John Steven, September 23, 2011 at 9:10 pm Link to this comment
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Thank God the story of systematic brutality against the Palestinians has been told. Thank God Abbas didn’t listen to US President Obama. Thank God for the cheering national representatives at the end of his speech, and thank God the Palestinian people, children and adults, have hope, as the world has heard their story.

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By Howard, September 23, 2011 at 7:01 pm Link to this comment

Palestinians could have had their state, like the Israelis , if they had not gone to war in 1948.  And again in ‘73, etc.
  Iraeli’s wish to sit down and negotiate. And previously Have offered them all that they now want for land.  But they refused it more than once.

And with Hamas still screming for the elimination of Israel, how do you negotiate with people like that?

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By Silence is Complicity, September 23, 2011 at 6:07 pm Link to this comment

“Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took to the lectern and criticized much of what Abbas said. He took a stab too at the United Nations, calling it “a theater of the absurd.” —BF
Son of a b…ch and terrorist, son of terrorist Netanyahu calling the United Nations “a theater of the absurd” yet he made the costly trip to be among the absurd ones is indeed a unique form of absurdity!

I would partly agree with this fascist Zionist that allowing him to speak in the UN is indeed the ultimate form of absurdity!

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By Silence is Complicity, September 23, 2011 at 5:49 pm Link to this comment

Even more important and complimentary to what Abbas said is the following statement issued by Jewish Voice for Peace, exposing the hypocrisy and moral failure of Obama in regard to the Palestinian rights and self-determination. It’s worth reading! I, as an American of Palestinian stock, could not have said it better.
“Today, the President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, presented a bid for the state of Palestine, based on the 1967 borders, to be considered by the Security Council for full membership in the United Nations.”

“Shortly afterward, he addressed the General Assembly, where he reviewed, from the 1948 Nakba until today, the multitude of ways in which Israel has suppressed Palestinians’ rights. While the question remains if the UN statehood bid adequately addresses the larger issue of Palestinian rights, Abbas’ address importantly gave voice to the Palestinian struggle for self-determination. While there is no uniform support for this UN bid, today was undoubtedly a historic and moving day. After over 63 years struggling for global recognition, it was moving to see the countries of the world represented in the UN general assembly give President Abbas a rousing standing ovation.”

“Not so for Prime Minister Netanyahu, who spoke shortly after Abbas. Netanyahu responded to the Palestinian leader with diversion and doublespeak instead of honest engagement, and peace slogans couched in hostility, aggression, and denial of Palestinian claims—a continuation of the standard Israeli tactic. We know from history that this empty rhetoric has been used by Israeli government for decades and will only mean further pain and oppression for Palestinians in Gaza, the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and all over the world.”

“As a Jewish-American organization, we believe it is important to remain focused on our primary responsibility:  having an impact on U.S. policy. As such, we will continue to speak out strongly against the U.S. using its veto power in the Security Council to reject this bid for statehood.”

“We know now that President Obama will not do the right thing. Speaking at the UN on Wednesday, Obama lauded the Arab Spring—but rejected the Palestinian Autumn. The president retreated from his earlier positions that demanded Israeli accountability for its military occupation, and he did not acknowledge the ongoing role of the U.S. in maintaining that imbalance through its extraordinary economic, military, and diplomatic support for Israel, even when its actions violate international law, human rights, and U.S. policy.  And he didn’t acknowledge that twenty years of the “peace process” has brought only a more entrenched occupation. Instead, Obama merely said that both sides should “sit down together, to listen to each other, and to understand each other’s hopes and fears.” (1)

“While this week has not been an easy one, we at JVP actually feel a redoubled assurance in the promise of our strategy to change the dynamics on display at the United Nations.  We know now, more than ever, that the President or Congress will not change on their own.  The array of power and money is simply too strong—for now.  We know, as with the examples of the civil rights movement and the anti-apartheid movement, to name just two, that it is movements like ours that force our governments to change their policies.  It was the steadfastness, the creativity, the demonstrations, the local organizing, and the BDS tactics that helped these movements and so many others for social justice eventually succeed.  So we’ll let the politicians play their games, and meanwhile, our work will continue.”


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