Are We There Yet? Nathan Silver, the Aztec Calendar and Clackamas County
If Clackamas County Republicans acquired nuclear weapons...It might look a little like:
This week in Vienna – weren’t expecting that, were you? - "Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman convened Israel's 27 ambassadors. Nor was I…Vienna, eh? Perhaps Israel is giving up their brutal invasion, occupation and destruction of the land and the people of Paslestine. Perhaps they have decided to move back to Mitteleuropa, where they do indeed have a big ax to grind. With Austria, maybe?
Ahhh, but Israel is preparing to counter a Palestinian bid for enhanced United Nations status later this month. Lieberman says that Palestine would be destroying the chances of peace talks if they pursued their bid.
Sounds like a threat to me…
Meanwhile, the Middle East monitor, citing Israeli sources, reported that Lieberman had also asked EU officials to fix a definite time for elections in the occupied territories in order to replace Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, who was described as "an obstacle to peace."
Abbas is “an obstacle to peace” and Israel’s nuclear arsenal – make that illegal, undeclared, never-been-inspected – arsenal is not a similar “obstacle”?
The comments came as Israel's private Channel 10 reported that Lieberman last month pledged to ensure the "collapse" of the Palestinian Authority (PA) if the bid for non-member status at the General Assembly moved forward.
With direct peace talks on hold for more than two years, the Palestinians have sought to push for their long-promised state in other ways, seeking to upgrade their status from an observer entity to that of a nonmember state.
Mahmoud Abbas has said he will table the resolution later this month, on either November 15 or 29, according to officials.
Such a move is likely to be voted through easily, requiring only a simple majority in the 193-member General Assembly, where the Palestinians have widespread support.
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