Brain Bush’s Blog

Two Speeches at the UN

  • By : Brian Bush
  • September 23, 2011
  • 9:08 pm

Hello Friends,

What a huge day it has been so far at the United Nations 66th General Assembly in New York.

I have just finished watching both President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of the State of Israel address the gathering.

I also took the time to fly through some of the immediate reactions to the respective parties speeches.

Clearly, the Palestinians, by officially submitting their application for Statehood, desire recognition as a state after 63 years in limbo. They also presented plainly their desire for peace.

Israel, with it's advantage of speaking after the Palestinians at the Assembly, presented it's position on a variety of emotion points heard before and called on the Palestinians not to take this path to peace. Mr. Netanyahu laid out the blame squarely on Mr. Abbas for the failure of peace negotiations.

It was also obvious that based on what Mr. Netanyahu said in his speech, he does not want to give up major portions of the West Bank as his predecessors, most recently Mr. Ehud Olmert and Mr. Ehud Barak did.

This is a problem because the diplomatic protocol concerning borders is long established and well known.

When we look at Mr. Abbas's speech, the frustration of the Palestinians on the ground, as well as the frustration in dealing with the international politics of making peace over the decades came across clearly.

What's next…

The question now is, has America behind closed doors convinced enough of it's Security Council Members to vote against Palestinian Statehood so that it won't have to be the bad guy in public and use it's veto power?

That simply isn't clear at the hour of this posing – but I wouldn't be surprised.

We'll have a full update for you on the information as it all develops on the upcoming Harvest Shows so be sure to join us!

Brian Bush
Middle East Correspondent
LeSEA Broadcasting

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