Six years ago, I began the Israel-Palestine Forum as a place for progressives to discuss and debate the Israeli-Arab conflict. It gives members a chance to explore the issues in greater depth and length than they can here in a few short comments. As a member, you can set the agenda for discussion. And it also gives you a chance to get to know fellow members better without having me as the author-intermediary.
I began the Forum on my own and gradually a few other members took a leadership role and are now administering it (hats off to them). We all grew tired of the limitations (and spam registrations!) of the phpBB platform and I decided to migrate the Forum to vBulletin, a more robust and feature rich (and expensive!) product.
Now that the forum has a whole new look and offers so much more, I’d like to invite readers to visit it and find out if it suits your fancy or your needs for deeper discourse on the conflict.
Bottom Line Up Front
Russia, China, Nigeria, Lebanon are sure votes of Yes, while Bosnia, Gabon are likely a yes.
US, UK, France, Germany, India and Brazil are likely to vote No. India will also vote No.
Colombia sees more benefit in voting with the US, so they are a No. Portugal may say No, also.
I do not see the 9 vote majority for a state of Palestine; however, my experience in the Middle East and West Africa tells me that the vote, either way, is not going to pass without violence.
Richard Silverstein says
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