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    Celtic Merlin, Smoh, happymisanthropy

    opposed ideas.

    A US veto would have done nothing to force Israel to negotiate in good faith.

    As to what the vote means: I think it raises the profile of the Palestinian Authority to a level on the international stage and gives Israel an official body with which to bargain.

    IANAL and I don't play one on TV either. Someone with a better handle on international law, please correct me if I'm wrong.

    'If you want to be a hero, well just follow me.' - J. Lennon

    by Clive all hat no horse Rodeo on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 02:44:29 PM PST

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    •  Israel to negotiate in good faith (5+ / 0-)

      This, of course, presupposes that Israel wants to negotiate in good faith. I am unconvinced. Rather than continue the land grab until there is nothing left for the natives.

      Lest we forget the cantoned nature of the existing "Territories." To say that the lines on the maps displayed on television are inaccurate would be quite the understatement.

      Atheistic Determinist and Contemplative Contrarian.

      by ShockandAwed on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 04:09:20 PM PST

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