It's time we stood up to America's blackmailing of the UN over Palestine
Published 28/06/2011 | 05:00
THE threat by the US to withdraw funding from the UN if its members vote to recognise an independent Palestinian state shows, once again, that the US -- through its uncritical support of Israel -- is part of the problem, not the solution, to the conflict in the Middle East.
Therefore, in the interest of peace and justice, the Irish Government and the EU must use their influence to persuade the US administration to drop this attempt to blackmail members of the UN into voting against international recognition of an independent Palestinian state.
The UN General Assembly resolution passed in 1947, which called for the setting up of a Jewish state in Palestine, also called for the establishment of an Arab state in Palestine.