Abbas Backs Down, Won’t Call For Immediate Vote On Palestinian Statehood

Israel's Netanyahu Thanks President Obama For 'Wearing That Badge Of Honor'

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The hopes for Palestinian statehood received a one-two punch at the United Nations on Wednesday with President Barack Obama saying no to statehood without direct negotiations and the French president proposing a timetable to restart the talks, giving the Israelis and Palestinians one year to reach an agreement.

“Peace will not come through statements and resolutions at the UN. If it were that easy, it would have been accomplished by now,” President Obama said.

Obama said in public what he is also saying in private — that a Palestinian state can only be achieved by the Israelis and Palestinians going to the bargaining table and tackling the hard questions that face them. But he stopped short of directly calling on the Palestinians to drop their plan to seek statehood recognition from the UN Security Council.

“Each side has legitimate aspirations and that’s part of what makes peace hard. And the deadlock will only be broken when each side learned to stand in each others’ shoes,” Obama said.

The backroom strategy of the Americans and their allies, sources say, was to try and contain the fallout from the Palestinians’ provocative move by urging Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas not to push for an actual vote in the Security Council, something the U.S. will have to veto.

Abbas reportedly gave in, telling President Obama at their meeting Wednesday that although he will ask the UN for statehood, he will not demand an immediate vote. That means the U.S. will continue to give the Palestinians the $450 million in annual aid they get from us, but it’s unclear if this will mean more anti-American sentiment in the Arab world.

“We will give some time for the Security Council to consider first our full membership before heading to the General Assembly,” senior Fatah Party official Nabile Shaath said.

“President Abbas has already met with Ban Ki-Moon. The Secretary-General of the United Nations, and told him that on Friday he would be submitting to him a letter asking for Security Council discussion and approval.”

“Let us cease our endless debates on the parameters and let us begin negotiations and adopt a precise and ambitious timetable,” French President Nicholas Sarkozy said.

French strategy, in concert with the Americans, is to entice the Palestinians back to the bargaining table by proposing a fast-track one-year timetable for negotiations that result in Palestinian statehood.

“Let’s have one month to resume discussions, six months to find agreement on borders and security, one year to reach definitive agreement,” Sarkozy said.

In the West Bank on Wednesday, there were new clashes, with Palestinians hurling rocks at Israeli soldiers. In another village hundreds of Israeli settlers marched in protest, and in Ramallah thousands crowded streets singing and waving flags to show their support for statehood.

With the specter of the U.S. having to veto the Palestinian request for statehood seemingly averted, at least for now, Obama had other fish to fry, like restoring the trust of some American Jews as he seeks re-election. He used the UN platform to help.

“Any lasting peace must acknowledge the very real security concerns that Israel faces every single day,” Obama said. “Israel’s citizens have been killed by rockets fired at their houses and suicide bombs on their buses.”

Obama, first during his speech at the UN and again at a private meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, sought to reassure cynical members of the American Jewish community that he will not end America’s historic alliance with the Jewish state.

“America’s commitment to Israel will never waver and that our pursuit of a just and lasting peace is one that is not only compatible but we think puts Israel’s security at the forefront,” Obama said.

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Candidate Obama is under intense pressure from a number of Republican presidential contenders to show Israel more love. Texas Gov. Rick Perry and others are trying to paint the president’s Middle East policy as an insult to Israel and overly sympathetic to the Palestinians, which they regard as harboring terrorist elements.

And so, President Obama was probably thrilled to receive praise from Netanyahu for refusing to rubber stamp the Palestinians’ demand for statehood.

“I think this is a badge of honor and I want to thank you for wearing that badge of honor,” Netanyahu said.

Of course, in a careful balancing act, the president didn’t outright dismiss the Palestinians. He said he wants to see a Palestinian state, too.

“We seek a future where Palestinians live in a sovereign state of their own with no limit to what they can achieve,” Obama said.

What do you think of the U.S. stance regarding the Palestine U.N. petition? Sound off in our comments section below…

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  • Michael

    The story author asks: “Abbas … will ask the UN for statehood, he will not demand an immediate vote. … the U.S. will continue to give the Palestinians the $450 million in annual aid … but it’s unclear if this will mean more anti-American sentiment in the Arab world.”

    The US, directly and through the UN, keeps the issue alive through money, much more so that do the Palis Arab brethren. No one does more for the Arabs in Palestine than the US, yet they hated us, they hate us, they will hate us. Just as they feel towards the Israelis. Gratitude, living in peace, or advancing themselves is not part of their world view. Hate is.

  • Rodin

    “When I come walking through my front door tonight
    and I sit down to watch the news,
    I’m gonna see
    Jews killing Muslims killing Christians,
    Christians killing Muslims killing Jews.

    “C’mon, Abraham, Jesus and Muhammad,
    let’s all get together and sing the blues
    and watch Jews killing Muslims killing Christians
    Christians killing Muslims killing Jews.”

    American poet, songwriter, singer, musician.
    From “JKMKC”

    • Rodin

      RELIGION !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Rodin

    @ cygon

    You are way out of your element here. For all your bluster, blather and rants, you have failed to offer one factual piece of information, one educated comment, one intelligible thought, one useful argument.

    “Most misanthropes are easy to understand because we blurt out the simple truths that most peoplethink but never say.” ~ FLORENCE KING, American author, journalist and misanthrope

    Need I say more? Just don’t bother me again with your imbecilities. You’ve exhausted your allotment of attention from me. Do not expect further replies.

    • Rodin

      Though not altogether out of sync, wrong quote from the right author, This one’s better and more to the point:

      “There are those who confuse discourse with vomit.” ~ FLORENCE KING

      Want to make sure you get the message, oh Thick One.

  • cygon

    BO only wears that badge of honor cuz he scared of losing. He don’t know he already dead and stinking underground.

  • cygon

    terrorist leader backs down. sure. coward. hit them in the pocketbook where it will surely hurt. STOP GIVING TAXPAYERS’ MONEY TO TERRORISTS !!!!!!!

  • Rodin

    “Peace will not come through statements and resolutions at the UN. If it were that easy, it would have been accomplished by now,” President Obama said.

    But Justice will!

    • cygon


  • cygon

    It would be another great accomplishment for the UN security council to establish another terrorist state. and whyindahel are we giving money to these slimemolds?

    • Rodin

      1 – The UN Security Council is a front dominated by the 5 “permanent” members with obstructionist veto power: China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the UNITED STATES. Any on of these can override the entire assembly.

      The “slimemolds” is US!

      2 – “whyindahel are we giving money to these slimemolds?”

      The UNITED STATES OF AMERICA is the biggest scofflaw at the United Nations. U.S. arrears to the UN currently total over $1.3 billion. Since 1985 the U.S. Congress has refused to authorize payment of the U.S. dues, in order to force UN compliance with U.S. wishes.


      • cygon

        slimemolds like you are precisely the reason that the US should STOP giving precious taxpayers’ money to these rogue nations.

        • Rodin

          YESSSSS! Stop funding the Israeli war machine at nearly 4 Billion a year and we won’t have to tax millionaires.

  • dl

    Not my country, not my problem. Work it out among yourselves. Obama needs to focus on America instead of worrying about things he knows absolutely nothing about. He needs to keep his mouth shut and move on….. next president please.

  • Nathaniel Moheban

    The state of Jordan is the state of Palestine. All the holy land belongs to Israel

    • Rodin

      Says who, the Babble? Myth. Fraud. Hoblins.

      • cygon

        sez everyone who does not support terrorism.

        • Rodin

          Everyone WHO, American reactionaries and Israeli Zionists?

  • Alyce Chaub

    My fellow Americans, I suggest that the Holy War be left to the Holy Land. Don’t bring it here! By blindly supporting Israel the people of the United States are inheriting the problems of Israel (i.e. 9-11). We DO NOT HAVE TO SUPPORT ISRAEL! The media and the pro Israel lobby groups have managed to spin the minds of Americans into believing that we need our “ally” Israel!! Why? Perhaps during the Cold War we needed an ally in the MidEast. Well, that’s over. Maybe because it’s the only democracy in that region. Well, that’s rapidly changing too. Get the Zionists out of Washington! And the U.S. out of Israel!

    • Rodin

      “What happens as Israel continues to become more religious and conservative, more isolated internationally and less democratic domestically? What happens to the relationship between American Jews and Israel as the face of Israel shifts from that of Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres to that of the national religious settlers and the ultra-Orthodox rabbis?”

      Executive director of J Street, a liberal advocacy organization in the United States whose stated aim is to promote American leadership to end the Arab-Israeli and Israel-Palestinian conflicts peacefully and diplomatically

      • cygon

        I say nuke the the terrorists and get done with it.

      • Tex

        You need a wake up call….israle will never be at peace with anyone least of all its neighbors. A wanting, greedy whiney nation, that has figured out how to latch itself onto Americas pocketbook. And the media, constantly playing into the hands of Israle, always depicting her as the victim, is sickening enough. what the Jews and Israelis forget, is that without our money and armed forces, Israel would have been a parking lot for aircraft, 25 years ago……..

        • Rodin

          Read my comment again as a reply to Alyce Chaub. Then gloss over the rest of my comments.

          Stop funding the Israeli war machine at nearly 4 Billion a year and we won’t have to tax millionaires. Result: resolution of Muslim-American conflicts; pullout = $12.3 billion per month in savings


  • Jerry Frey

    Conveniently, Arabs and Muslims in general dismiss facts. The execution of Jews in Iraq and their expulsion from Egypt, Morocco, Iran, etc. obviated centuries of history as citizens. Arabs, on the other hand, though deprived of land by the new Jewish state, fled voluntarily from TransJordan when Israelis declared their independence in 1948, expecting to return into the arms of four victorious Arab armies. The “Palestinian” demand for a nation-state is like Eskimos asking for air-conditioning.

  • American

    Peace will come when the Arabs know that no land will be given to them.
    They will stop fighting.
    Peace talks boosts the Muslim appetite and causes war

    • Rodin

      Deprivation and disenfranchisement lead to peace! What oxygen deprived planet do you live on?

      • cygon

        U R soooooo smart, rodin. I wonder why you don’t have a job.

        • Rodin

          Why, thankee yoo fer da compliment!

          Busted my butt for 40 years. Retired. I EARNED MY time of leisure. Have YOU?

  • DownwithObama

    Obama has his own problems and no concept of how to fix them. How can he add any “wisdom” to a problem that requires wisdom. He himself is on the verge of a revolution. He stinks.

    • Rodin

      The “problem” requires little ‘wisdom’. It requires courage, which America has lacked against Israel since 1948.

      • cygon

        U so smart but U can’t get no job.

        • Rodin

          Judging by yourself? Read above.

  • Jed

    The only way you’ll get peace is for the the Palestinians or Isrealies wipe the other off the face oft he earth. Isreal had their chance a few years ago but they let it slip, they should of wiped Gaza off the earth so they wouldn’t be in this mess. Americas not going to stand idly by when one of our closest allies gets threatened.
    As a christian your suppose to stand by Isreal against all their foes, and the Palestinians are the representation of the evil that wish to see the Jews and the holy land destroyed. why would you support an evil force like this be part of the global community?

    • Rodin

      “As a christian your suppose to stand by Isreal against all their foes, and the Palestinians are the representation of the evil that wish to see the Jews and the holy land destroyed.”

      From what sacred book did you get THAT?

      “Why would you support an evil force like this be part of the global community?”

      Zionism? Apartheid? Why do YOU, Christian?

    • The Facts

      This is not a “Christian” country. We have no treaty of alliance with Israel

      • Rodin

        Not to mention that all aid to Israel is off budget considerations.

  • big d

    Move to Jordan…that is their state. Good Luck trying to divide THE CITY OF DAVID..


    • Rodin

      “Marana_tha,” NOT marana-N-tha, a word of dubious and variable meaning found in the First Epistle to the Corinthians, ‘Jesus is coming’ or any variation thereof.

      Wanne act smart, first GET smart, or be an arse.

  • Lupo1234

    Why not have Jordan give up it’s land to the Palestinian terrorists? That is where these nomadic political tools were living originaly.

    What about China’s occupation of Tibet or Syria’s occupation of Lebanon? What about the repression and tyranny of the Arab nations surrounding democratic Israel, including the Palestinians who, let’s not forget, practice honor killings, lynch “collaborators,” suppress the media, and whose leaders funnel funds meant for the people to terrorists? And let us never forget the images of delighted Palestinians dancing in the streets upon receiving the news of there fellow terrorists sucess on 911!

    The Left only likes Jews as long as they’re victims, passively marching to the Nazi death camps, or in this case, to the Mediterranean Sea. They can deny that they’re anti-Semitic by pointing to their loyal Jewish comrades, who fail to recognize their enemies. These Jews are acceptable because they either want the destruction of Israel too or at the very least, won’t stand in the way. But give a Jew a gun or God forbid, a tank, and suddenly they become the enemy. The Left, it seems, prefers suicidal Jews to tough ones.

    The Left demands nothing of the Palestinians and everything of the Israelis. What, besides anti-Semitism, accounts for this double-standard? The anti-war crowd can continue to try and claim the moral high ground when it comes to questions of war and peace, but none of it will ring true, so long as their blatant hatred for Jews festers in the background.

    • beaker55

      Lupo1234: That is about the most lucid, candid, and realistic bit of Truth I’ve read in a long time. Very well stated. The Left is utterly bereft of any resemblance of either logic or integrity of thought. They have been perfectly conditioned by the popular media (TV) and their hallowed sanctimonious bastions in the Ivy League. The Left cannot think, merely regurgitate what they have been fed. The Israelis have invited Arabs into their governing body, but no Leftist even KNOWS that little fact. If Palestine gives up its weapons, they would be at peace with Israel; However, if Israel gives up its weapons, they will be obliterated from the earth. Q: Leftists of the World seeking fairness: How Is That FAIR?

  • Gunny G Alz

    Obama OWES the Palestinians. They worked the Gaza phone bank for him, reeling in millions for his campaign.

    His FIRST CALL as POTUS was to Abbad at the Palestinian Authority!


    • Rodin


      No shortage of arseholes!

  • MWalters

    So which is it, do we support Israel or not! Saying one thing, then saying, but I support Palenstinian statehood, only makes you and our country look stupid.

  • Terry

    Jordanian terrorists, nee Palestinians, don’t deserve a state until they renounce terrorism, purge their “state” of terrorist organizations, stop all attacks against Israel, stop with the threatening rhetoric and prove they are peaceful indefinitely.

    Anything short of that will guarantee disapproval.

    • Rodin

      Israeli Zionist fanatics don’t deserve a secure state until they renounce their occupation of Palestine.

  • Jacob

    Appalling. It is as if the US was part of Israel. His speak was insulting to the Palestinians and show just how much control this indisous AIPAC lobby has on our government.

  • Sal

    Why won’t Obama allow the Palestinians to want statehood? How is Obama to dictate what another people half way across the world should do for their future? Why is Obama meddling in another people’s affairs? I thought he was going to change all that? Very dissapointed in Obama, losing faith. Maybe allowing statehood will get to peace faster, the other methods don’t or haven’t seemed to work, why not this path?

    • enrico palazzo

      because we give them 450 million dollars in foreign aid.

      if you are responsible financially for someone, you get a say in what they do.

      It is strategic suicide for us to alienate and/or abandon Israel, especially if you cherish your precious freedoms and your “terror free” lifestyle.

      why are people so dense that they can’t see that these Arab nations are filled with hatred and resentment of Israel and the united states, and making them legitimate states and recognizing their sovereignty doesn’t make them like us. They hate us and Israel, and it’s not getting any better any time soon.

      • Rodin

        Stop funding the Israeli war machine at nearly 4 Billion a year.

  • Richard

    When are we going to stop giving Israhell money to continue killing innocent people and stealing land:? Israhell needs to be dismantled at the core immediately. They have become the 51st state, sucking us dry.

    • Ruth

      You just Hate.
      Israel does NOT kill innocent, they only react to attacks to Israel. Stop spreading Lies!!!

      • Rodin

        Say WHAT?! Count Israeli deaths vs Palestinian and see who’s doing the killing: the invade, the occupier, the enforcer the Jew, sheltered and enabled by AmeriKKKa, land of freedom and democracy….

        From its inception, the STATE OF ISRAEL is the lie!

        That is HISTORY, not hate.

        “Hunting Jews has always been a European sport. Now the Palestinians, who never played it, are paying the bill.”
        Uruguayan journalist, writer and novelist

      • notta jew


        • Rodin

          Ruth has a book all her own in the holey Babble.

  • Rodin

    It is dispiritingly shameful, a repugnant abomination, that this American administration should have been so willing to recognize a ragtag band of rebels in Libya as a legitimate government from the onset of their revolt and still threaten to block a plea for Palestinian statehood before the United Nations and deny the right of nationhood to an entire people held captive by expatriate foreigners in their own land.

    Netanyahu = Qaddafi.

    “Every time anyone says that Israel is our only friend in the Middle East, I can’t help but think that before Israel, we had no enemies in the Middle East.”
    Jesuit priest and missionary

  • Tex

    Until Israel realizes you can;t just delcare wars, seize land, or start building apartment houses on ladn that is in question as well, the U.S. will have to continue to pour tillions in aide to this overly aggressive stuck up nation. It is well known that Israel can’t get along with any of its neighbors, and depends on the U.S. for just about everything when it makes a political mistake. Lets stop feeding this nation with money, let them fight their own battles, and let the cards fall where they may. We have enough problems on our own soil, and it is high time that we worry about this countrys needs, before we worry about a part of the world that has been a smouldering time bomb for over a thousand years. We saved their butts in WWII and the saving has been going on ever since. Israel needs to stand on its own two feet, and stop bleeding the U.S. dry.

  • Obama who

    Who is this Obama guy.The USA should just vote in real americans born and raised in the good ole USA. Nobama is destoying what is left of this once beautiful country.

  • Toby Tillis

    lol imagine that, another useless, empty speech. Will he ever realize talk is cheap?

    • Michael H.

      That “useless, empty speech” seemed to put enough pressure on the Palestinians to get them to back down.

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