Uploaded by shipod on 12.06.2012

This is a major point we face now.
The Israeli Palestinian conflict teeters on the precipice of decision.
Its a tragic situation.
Two decent peoples are locked in a mortal embrace
and they cannot move towards peace unless someone really helps them.
Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel and it must remain undivided.
We have placed ourselves in a squeeze here.
We are essentially the sole major ally of Israel
which is increasingly alienated in its own neighborhood.
And it is very difficult in the long run for a nation to operate in permanent hostility with all of its neighbors.
It takes a constructive
outside mediator to push the process forward
and there is only one candidate who can fill these qualifications
and that is the United States
and more specifically the President of the United States
Peace will not come through statements and resolutions at the United Nations.
If it were that easy it would have been accomplished by now.
Ultimately it is the Israelis and the Palestinians
who must live side by side.
The backing of Israel by the United States has allowed the conflict to continue with minimal Israel concessions and maximum Palestinian losses.
For the first time in all of human history all of humanity is political conscious and active and staring and restless and resentful.
We have to understand our capacities
but we also have to understand our limits
Our entire analysis of this needs to recognize that "you know what?"
This is right.
Its is going to happen
and we better figure out how it is that we are going to get used to it and what our place in that part of the world is going forward.
To leave the Palestinian question unanswered at a time like this would be like taking of in an airplane without enough fuel
Its only a matter of time before gravity drags you down.
There is no such thing as benign neglect when it comes to the Israeli Palestinian conflict.
The President will be forced to confront it.
How would a republican administration help bring peace to Palestine and Israel
when most candidates barely recognize the existence of Palestine or its people?
As a Palestinian American Republican
I am here to tell you that we do exist.
With the Arab Spring and Freedom coming across the whole Middle East
Stop supporting Israel war crimes.
Madam Speaker, I have a few questions for my colleagues.
What if our foreign policy of the past century is deeply flawed and has not served our national security interest?
What if we wake up one day and realize that the terrorist threat
is the predictable consequence of our meddling in the affairs of others
and has nothing to do with us being free and prosperous?
What if propping up repressive regimes in the Middle East endangers both the United States and Israel?
What if occupying countries like Iraq and Afghanistan and bombing Pakistan
is directly related to the hatred directed toward us?
What if someday it dawns on us that losing over 5,000 American military personnel in the Middle East since 9/11
is not a fair tradeoff with the loss of nearly 3,000 American citizens
no matter how many Iraqi, Pakistanian, Afghan people are killed or displaced?
What if diplomacy is found to be superior to bombs and bribes in protecting America?
What happens if my concerns are completely unfounded?
But what happens if my concerns are justified and ignored?
Nothing good.
The United States of America
The Russian Federation
Here is the result
Number of members entitled to vote
Number of members present and voting
Number of abstentions
Majority required
Votes in favor
Votes against
Ladies and gentlemen
The general conference has voted to adopt the draft resolution
and decided to admit Palestine as member of UNESCO