“Long Live Palestine!” a UNESCO member shouted in French, reports AP, when vote of 107-14 with 52 abstentions was announced. The non-state Palestine is now an official member of UNESCO. Long considered a bastion of anti-Israel sentiment, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization has approved a state that is not a state whose primary goal is to destroy another one of its members, ISRAEL. Heartbreaking!

I lived in Israel for almost two years, first on a kibbutz, then in Beersheva, Ramat Gan and finally Jerusalem. It personally hurts me that there exists in the world so much anti-Israel sentiment as well as anti-Semetic feelings in general. I have never understood it. Neither has my husband, Max, who was baptized at the Vatican and raised Catholic. I am Jewish.

Really and truly, the goal of Israel IS peace while the goal of many of their Arab neighbors, especially the Palestinians, is the destruction of Israel. So, what now?

State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said UNESCO’s decision was “regrettable, premature and undermines our shared goal to a comprehensive, just and lasting peace” between Israelis and Palestinians. She added that the U.S. would not make November’s scheduled $60 million payment to the organization.

Palestinian officials are asking the United Nations for recognition as a state that includes the West Bank, Gaza and east Jerusalem, making it almost impossible for Israel to survive–take a look at a map to understand better what the Palestinians are asking.

Will the United Nations actually vote to approve the non-state Palestine for membership? I pray not. There must first be a peace agreement between Israel and Palestinian officials, don’t you think?
–Linda Ciampoli


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