Confronted with the prospect of a Palestinian bid for full U.N. membership, U.S. President Barack Obama issued a sharp rebuke yesterday to those pressing for statehood.
Hanan Ashrawi, executive committee member for the Palestine Liberation Operation, appears on American Morning today to offer her reaction to Obama's remarks and to weigh on the country's impending request for statehood.
"We do not want any delays or procrastinations in the deliberations on our membership," Ashrawi explains. "We know that the United States has been working overtime and has spent so much energy and effort trying to pressure different countries to persuade them not to vote in our favor."
Ashrawi also comments on yesterday's speech by French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who called for a resolution for non-member "observer status" for Palestine as a bridge toward statehood.
"We found it extremely interesting," Ashrawi says. "We did meet with President Sarkozy and we said we would view it positively and give it positive consideration.
President Obama spoke out about the impending request by the Palestinians for statehood this week, asserting that the U.S. believes that peace between Israel and Palestine will not come through statements and resolutions at the United Nations.
Today on American Morning, Daniel Ayalon, Israeli deputy minister of foreign affairs, sits down with Carol Costello to discuss Palestine's request for statehood and to comment about how the United States is handling the situation.
When asked to comment about the fierce criticism that Obama is receiving from GOP presidential candidates, Ayalon affirms that he does not think that the president has "thrown Israel under the bus."
"It's a very heated political season here and Israel is not part of the campaign," Ayalon explains. "When it comes to Israel, I don't see a difference between Republicans and Democrats. We see only Americans."
Just hours before two American envoys were set to meet with Palestinian leaders yesterday in an attempt to work out a deal for resumption of peace talks with Israel, the Palestinian Authority's foreign minister said that the Palestinians will seek full United Nations membership next week.
The announcement sets the stage for a showdown with the United States, who has vowed to veto a vote on full Palestinian statehood if the question comes to the U.N. Security Council.
Daniel Kurtzer, former ambassador to Israel and Egypt, explains the importance of this move on American Morning today, breaking down the potential repercussions for both the United States and peace talks in the Middle East.
This morning, Israeli authorities said that at least six Israelis were killed and more than two dozen others were injured in southern Israel today when attackers fired shots at a bus, assaulted Israeli soldiers, and fired mortars and an anti-tank missile.
This report comes at the same time as the leaders of France, Germany and the United Kingdom join President Obama in calling for Syrian President Bashar al-Asad to step down as violence in the country persists.
Today on American Morning, Ambassador Marc Ginsberg, former Middle East presidential adviser and former Ambassador to Morocco, weighs in on the attacks in Israel and discusses if the international pressure on Syria will change Asad's course of action in the country.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly wants to negotiate pre-1967 borders with the Palestinian authority in an attempt to head off a Palestinian bid for statehood at the United Nations next month.
This announcement comes after a weekend of social unrest in Israel, with 15,000 people taking to the streets to demand "social justice" in one of the biggest demonstrations in the country's history.
James Rubin, former U.S. assistant Secretary of State, discusses both of these occurrences with Ali Velshi today on American Morning, commenting on whether or not Netanyahu's reported remarks are a breakthrough in the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.