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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Intelligence Squared photo from debate on Palestine

The UN should admit Palestine as a full member state

On September 23, 2011, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas appeared before the U.N. General Assembly to request full membership for the State of Palestine. America’s veto power renders their bid largely symbolic, but there could be leverage gained– like indirect recognition of statehood– in the process. After 20 years of failed talks with Israel, can this plea to the international community be the only path left to a two-state solution, or have the Palestinians set the peace process back by bypassing negotiations?


IQ2 US is the program for listeners who crave a clear view of the big questions that divide Americans. Every episode brings together world thinkers, policy-makers and journalists, in 2 on 2 debates, to argue the pros and cons of issues like health care, foreign policy, clean energy, and the war. Then listeners weigh in. Expect ear-catching, provocative radio that enlightens, entertains and informs.

Comments [1]

Vee from Brooklyn from Brooklyn

This is hardly a debate - the issues of the "Palestinians" refusing to recognize Israel as a nation, and the deafening silence on their zeal to wipe Israel off the map are very quickly glossed over. The fact that Palestinians, with Hamas in the driver's seat, continually arm themselves to terrorize Israeli citizens is okay, but the fact that Israel - a very, very small country surrounded by hostile neighbors - has nuclear weapons to defend itself is deemed "violent."

The repetetive public relations ploy of Palestinians as "victims" is getting very old. Perhaps the fact that one of the underwriters of this program is a Turkish Film Festival is why there is such a slant. Don't forget - Turkey funded the ship that tried to break through the Israeli blockade of Gaza, and they also committed genocide against Christians during World War I (1.5 million Christians were murdered during the first incidence of ethnic cleansing during the 20th Century). Just don't mention this fact if you vacation in Instanbul - you'll be thrown in jail for "insulting Turkishness."

Apr. 28 2012 02:54 PM

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