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  •  There is a lot of work being done behind the (6+ / 0-)

    scenes by both the U.S. and Israel right now to whip votes, and some of those efforts have been successful.

    While nobody is revealing all of their hands yet, today it was announced that Israel convinced Nigeria to vote against the PA bid, and it now seems that Gabon may be the one country which either gives the Palestinians' their majority or saves the U.S. from having to use its veto.

    I'm "THE" Troubadour," and not "Troubadour" without the article. We're different people here at DK :)

    by David Harris Gershon on Tue Sep 20, 2011 at 07:47:59 PM PDT

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    •  So that argues in favor of a delay (5+ / 0-)

      if Abbas isn't sure he gets the votes.

      This move will play really well in Nigeria, I'm sure.  No religious strife there!

      In my avatar, the blue bars show how many want Reps who COMPROMISE; the aqua bars show who wants Reps who STAND FAST no matter what. (Left=Overall; Center=Democrats; Right=Republicans.) And there's the problem!

      by Seneca Doane on Tue Sep 20, 2011 at 07:51:32 PM PDT

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      •  It's an interesting situation. If the U.S. gets (2+ / 0-)
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        the votes, there will likely be a push to run this through quickly, so in that sense it wouldn't play out well for Abbas.

        That said, even if Abbas ends up getting the votes (as Washington fears he might), a delay could be used to his advantage to put pressure on Israel in possible negotiations.

        A lot of behind-the-scenes wrangling going on right now.

        As for Nigeria, it has strong ties to Israel, in part due to its desire to deal with terrorism (from what I understand).

        I'm "THE" Troubadour," and not "Troubadour" without the article. We're different people here at DK :)

        by David Harris Gershon on Tue Sep 20, 2011 at 07:59:12 PM PDT

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      •  This from the Jerusalem Post: (2+ / 0-)
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        Ehud Barak has convinced Nigeria to not support the Palestinian statehood bid, a statement from the Defense Ministry reported on Tuesday.

        As part of the lobbying efforts, Defense Minister Ehud Barak met in New York Tuesday with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan. The meeting between the two was set up about a week ago, and – according to the statement put out by Barak's office – was coordinated both with Netanyahu and the US.

        In addition to discussing the Palestinian issue, the statement said the two also discussed the "challenges of international terrorism and ways the two countries can cooperate in this area." Nigeria, one of Israel's closest friends in Africa, has been plagued over the last number of years by radical Islamic terrorism.

        I'm "THE" Troubadour," and not "Troubadour" without the article. We're different people here at DK :)

        by David Harris Gershon on Tue Sep 20, 2011 at 08:01:04 PM PDT

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    •  I see suitcases full of money delivered (1+ / 0-)
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      by guys in black.

      •  Please substantiate your, uh, vision. eom (1+ / 0-)
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        Consider adopting a homeless pet at (Progressive Animal Welfare Society)

        by hikerbiker on Wed Sep 21, 2011 at 06:12:21 AM PDT

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        •  Remember that 9 billion in cold hard cash (2+ / 0-)
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          stacked on pallets that was flown to Iraq in planes...and then disappeared?

          It isn't as though that kind of stuff never happens.

          Though it may not have been as literal as suitcases of cash.   We bribe countries all the time with aid, trade agreements, military hardware, etc.   Some bribes are just more liquid than others.

          I took cranky's comment as snark, I should note.

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