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September 20th, 2011
01:59 PM ET

What does the Palestinian request for statehood mean for the U.S.?

While diplomats and world leaders will be tackling some tough global issues at the United Nations general assembly today, the big story of the week will be unfolding on Friday when the Palestinians formally request membership in the U.N. and recognition as a state.

The United States has pledged to block the application should it reach the Security Council but Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas appears undeterred.

Is a showdown looming at the United Nations, or is there still time to come up with a solution that will work for the U.S. and Palestine?

John Negroponte, former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, talks to Carol Costello on American Morning today about what statehood for Palestine would mean for Israel, the Middle East and the United States.

Negroponte is also participating in the Concordia Summit Tuesday. The Summit focuses on eliminating global terrorism and this year features an address by former President George W. Bush. Read more about the summit here.


Filed under: Palestine • U.N.
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  1. Monty Gaither

    The UN should have never created Israel. It did and now we are stuck with it. However, their occupying the rest of Palestine must be stopped. The UN must recognize their rights. The US must not block it.

    Years ago there was a report that the US gives Israel over a billion dollars a year. In these hard times it is essential that we end this. Israel must go back to the borders that were given to them and they must stop occupying what is left of Palestine.

    September 21, 2011 at 7:57 am |
  2. Arnoldo

    What does Palestinian statehood mean for US? It means that the US needs to get ready for the Native Americans to get off the reservation and have their own State.

    September 21, 2011 at 7:38 am |