Chomsky: US To Veto Palestinian Statehood Bid Despite 'Overwhelming International Consensus'

13 Sep 2011

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President Obama publicly confirmed Monday that the United States will oppose any attempt by the Palestinians to achieve statehood at the United Nations, but Palestinians leaders are still vowing to move ahead with their bid for statehood this week. What will the ramifications of a U.S. veto be?

For more, Democracy Now speak with Massachusetts Institute of Technology Professor Emeritus, Noam Chomsky. “If the Palestinians do bring the issue to the Security Council and the US vetoes it, it will be just another indication of the real unwillingness to permit a settlement of this issue in terms of what has been for a long time an overwhelming international consensus,” Chomsky says.

Editor's Note: You might also be interested in "How to Save the United States and Israel From Themselves" by William Pfaff. In addition, United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, in an interview with Al Jazeera, also offers his perspective on Palestine's bid for statehood, which will be lodged at the UN on 23 September 2011. Finally, Al Jazeera's Inside Story probes the Saudi position on Palestine's bid for statehood. Saudi Arabia, a long time ally of the United States of America, has warned that a US veto will alter relations between the two countries.

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