Friday, November 30, 2012

Who Voted Against Palestine? A Bunch of Oddballs.

Here's a map showing the countries that voted against the vote to grant Palestine non-member, observer state status.  Res Ipsa Loquitor, the thing speaks for itself.

It's what the Max Fisher of the  Washington Post calls an "oddball coalition."

You've got Israel, of course.   Ditto the United States and, shamefully, Canada.   Add in the Czech Republic and Panama.  Round out the gaggle of oddballs with Nauru, Palau, Micronesia and the Marshall Islands.

"So what does all of this mean? From the Israeli and American view, that the international coalition is so small does not augur well for Israel-Palestine peace process. But perhaps it also reflects the degree to which global opinion seems to be aligning in favor of the Palestinians – Europe’s much-watched votes are moving slowly but decisively in that direction – and away from the U.S.-led peace process."

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