I'm sure that the caption will make sense to some of this blog's readers. With the dissent in the Middle East from Tripoli to Bahrain, Egypt and Yemen, the Palestinians are pushing for the United Nations to "give the back" a large portion of the State of Israel. The New York Times weighed in on this and this article is worth reading (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/03/world/middleeast/03mideast.html?_r=2&hp)
Despite the present trend for the US to be in league with the United Nations, I feel that we are not well served by it in the long run. We use it's weak mandates as the cause (in and of itself) for our ventures onto foreign soil. While I don't necessarily oppose the US doing that, I find that a UN Resolution is not the vehicle that we should be using.
There seems to be growing support for Israel to return land to "Palestine".
(NYT - cited above) Germany, France and Britain say negotiations should be based on the 1967 lines with equivalent land swaps, exactly what the Netanyahu government rejects because it says it predetermines the outcome.
“Does the world think it is going to force Israel to declare the 1967 lines and giving up Jerusalem as a basis for negotiation?” asked a top Israeli official who spoke on condition of anonymity. “That will never happen.”
While the Obama administration has referred in the past to the 1967 lines as a basis for talks, it has not decided whether to back the European Union, the United Nations and Russia — the other members of the so-called quartet — in declaring them the starting point, diplomats said. The quartet meets on April 15 in Berlin.
Israel, which has settled hundreds of thousands of Jews inside the West Bank and East Jerusalem, acknowledges that it will have to withdraw from much of the land it now occupies there. But it hopes to hold onto the largest settlement blocs and much of East Jerusalem as well as the border to the east with Jordan and does not want to enter into talks with the other side’s position as the starting point.Will Israel give up control of Jerusalem to the Hamas, the government of the Palestinians, if the UN tells them to?