On this weekend’s broadcast of “The McLaughlin Group,” conservative commentator Pat Buchanan said the United Nations vote last week to promote Palestine to the status of non-member observer state demonstrated how weak the U.S. has become on the international scene.
Despite objections by the United States and Israel, the United Nations General Assembly voted overwhelmingly to make the move, which will allow Palestine to participate in U.N. debates and potentially join influential international bodies and courts.
“It’s clearly a political and diplomatic victory [for the Palestinians], John, but we knew it was coming,” Buchanan said. “Just as the Gaza war demonstrated basically the overwhelming military superiority of the Israelis using American weapons and technology in the region, I think this vote demonstrates the total isolation of the United States and Israel in the diplomatic community on the Palestinian issue. John, we only had one major country vote with us and Israel, and that was Canada. And so right now we were unable to be an honest broker in the Middle East, because we don’t even talk to Hamas or Hezbollah or Iran.”
Buchanan, author of “Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?,” said that despite claims by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, the move will be detrimental to the peace in the region.
“I think it has moved the peace process, if possible, even further away from resolution,” Buchanan said.