The time for speeches at the United Nations can be pure drama. Who is sitting in their seats listening? Who has boycotted the speech? Egyptian President Morsi spoke earlier this week.
After praising the popular uprising in Egypt that led to his predecessor President Hosni Mubarak’s ouster, and similar movements across the Middle East, Morsi focused his attention on the Palestinian cause, stating that despite struggling through legitimate channels for decades, the Palestinian people had failed to achieve their hopes and dreams.
He said, “I call for immediate movement, serious movement to put an end to occupation and settlement of occupied Jerusalem.”
A video of his speech is available here.
US President Obama spoke on Tuesday too, available here.
Mr Obama told the UN: “Among Israelis and Palestinians, the future must not belong to those who turn their backs on the prospect of peace.”
The President mentioned slain US Ambassador Chris Stevens several times in his address.
“Today, we must declare that our future will be determined by people like Chris Stevens and not by his killers. Today, we must declare that this violence and intolerance has no place among our United nations,” he said.
Mr Obama said that “at a time when anyone with a cellphone can spread offensive views around the world with the click of a button,” the notion that governments can control the flow of information is obsolete.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas spoke today at the United Nations. No senior Israeli official was in the audience to hear his words.
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Thursday he would seek to have the Palestinians’ U.N. status upgraded to a sovereign country and cautioned that Israeli settlement expansion meant time was running out for a two-state solution.
What I want to know —– who was sitting in the audience when each of these four men spoke? I hope UN Ambassador Susan Rice heard them all. And wouldn’t it be nice if all four men would just sit down for coffee together?