US Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Susan E. Rice: US does not accept legitimacy of settlements.... "Referring to anti-Palestinian violence and desecration of religious sites, Rice added: "Israel should step up its efforts to deter, confront, and prosecute anti-Palestinian violence and extremist hate crimes.""
RE: Prospects for a two-state solution
Pro-Palestine "resistance" that empowers Islamists and Anti-Israel activism and flag burning mainly helps Israel convince America that Palestine is not a good investment. FYI: "The PA requires approximately $1 billion in external funding annually. The biggest individual donor has been the United States, and the biggest collective one the European Union. As a result of the inevitable failure at the U.N. last year, aid to the PA from both has dropped to approximately half of its previous level. And half of the remaining American aid, $200 million, remains on congressional hold. Meanwhile, numerous Arab states have failed to meet their own pledges." Hussein Ibish Hamas Rising?
Dr. Ziad Asali wisely points out in a recent op-ed about the vital importance of serious lobby efforts that "Palestinians, like all others, have to compete for political impact." American Elections Matter and the System is Open
Palestine needs actual political power, civilized conversations, fact based assessments (rather than wild conjectures), and most importantly citizen diplomats world wide who are able and willing to help promote peace and Palestine in every forum they can find- preferably mainstream.
Meritocracy matters.... and so does the goal of creating a fully secular two state solution to once and for all end the Israel-Palestine conflict for everyone's sake.
Anne Selden Annab
Churches condemn Israeli security barrier
Dr. Ziad Asali: American Elections Matter and the System is Open
C-SPAN: IMF Warns of Palestinian Authority's Financial Collapse: Middle East Institute Discussion on the Political and Economic Implications of the Palestinian Authority's Fiscal Crisis
Accountability & a Confession
Israel vs. No. 2 Pencils... Palestinians have suffered from a profound lack of sovereignty for decades now
How blaming the West hides a war on women
Maen Rashid Areikat: Israeli settlements are no ‘secondary issue’
Churches for Middle East Peace: Beginning of Harvest Season in Palestine Brings Violence
UN envoy alarmed by reports of Israeli settlers attacking Palestinian farmers
ATFP's Hussein Ibish: Where Settler Terrorism Comes From
''The Life of a Palestinian''
Muslims who would restrict speech to "protect Islam" have no greater allies than Jews who would do so to "protect Israel."
King Abdullah II of Jordan: The reason behind Tehran’s nuclear programme is the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
The Office of International Religious Freedom ( http://www.state.gov/j/drl/irf/ ) Given the U.S. commitment to religious freedom, and to the international covenants that guarantee it as the inalienable right of every human being, the United States seeks to:
Promote freedom of religion and conscience throughout the world as a fundamental human right and as a source of stability for all countries
Palestinian Refugees (1948-NOW) refused their right to return... and their right to live in peace free from religious bigotry and injustice.
"Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home - so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person; the neighborhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm, or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman, and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world."Eleanor Roosevelt
The Golden Rule... Do unto others as you would have them do unto you