Obama on Palestinian Statehood: Let the Senate Deal with It
Following last week's U.N. vote to recognize Palestinian statehood, Obama seems to have taken the position that it's somebody else's problem to deal with going forward.
Thus the White House not only shrugs off any desire to punish the Palestinian Authority for pushing the vote, but seems equally resigned to let the U.S. Senate handle the ramifications.
As of right now, the Senate appears poised to cut funding to the Palestinian Authority by some $600 million in annual aid, but that may just be the tip of the iceberg. Former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton believes Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and others will make serious attempts at defunding the U.N. in the wake of the vote.
Note: The State Dept. is mimicking Obama's approach to the Palestinian vote. While being questioned about how the statehood vote impacts the State Dept going forward, spokeswoman Victoria Nuland would only say questions about repercussions of the vote "are better directed at the Congress than at us."