The world has moved on as to the matter of Palestine. Now, the US is taking a last ditch stand to ‘buy off’ the Palestinian Authority from seeking recognition of Palestine as a state at the up coming session of the UN General Assembly. It has fallen back on bribery and arm twisting to stall the PA initiative. Washington is in a muddle, which it itself is to blame for favouring Israel’s designs throughout decades owing to the demands of domestic politics.
The Obama administration is desperate: it will cast a veto when the resolution to come to a vote in the Security Council. American diplomats have done the sums and have come up short in killing the GA’s bestowing legitimacy on a Palestine the territory of which is under 44 years of Israeli occupation, punctured with illegal land seizures and Jewish colonization in pursuit of a grand design for a ‘Greater Israel’ from the Mediterranean to the Jordan River.
Events are quickly changing in the Arab world and the Middle East that have left the US flat footed. It stuck too long to Mubarak in Egypt; has shown itself ‘pusillanimous’ facing down the right wing Israeli irredentist ‘Bibi’ Netenyahu; and failed in its efforts to patch up the broken alliance of Turkey and Israel, owing to the Zionist state’s intransigence in the ‘Mavi Mamara’ killings.
America’s foreign policy in the Arab world is broken. Like Humpty Dumpty, try as any US administration might try, it cannot be patched together again. Yes, the world has moved on and America is caught with its pants down.