UN General Assembly Opens

September 18, 2011 – New York – The AJC weekly radio messages are broadcast on the CBS radio network, before The Osgood File. All AJC radio commentaries since 2001 are available at www.ajc.org/radiocommentary.

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The UN springs into action in New York this week.

Here are three things to be watching for:

First, how will countries deal with the Palestinian decision to avoid the negotiating table and go to the UN instead?

The Palestinians know it's easier to get the support of Cuba, Iran, North Korea and Syria than thrash out a deal with Israel.

Laudably, the U.S. opposes the Palestinian gambit. How much support will we have from fellow democracies?

Second, how many countries will skip this week's tenth anniversary of the Durban conference?

That conference unleashed an anti-Israel, anti-Semitic frenzy. To date, the U.S., Canada and 12 other nations have opted out. Will that list grow?

Third, as usual, the Iranian president will be coming to town.

Yes, the same one who tramples on human rights, seeks Israel's elimination, and denies the Holocaust.

How many foreign leaders and Americans will he try to snooker this time?

Stay tuned.

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