Only way to reach a real solution

I wholeheartedly support the U.N. vote. Israel had never had any intentions of negotiating a two-state solution.

The only way to reach a just solution is to have the U.N. impose it. The continued building of settlements is proof of Israel's intentions.

Don Wolf

Los Gatos

U.S. on wrong side of history

Palestine has the right to be a member of the U.N. Palestinians are indigenous inhabitants of the land, and they've been promised a state ever since 1947.

The rest of the world overwhelmingly supports a Palestinian state, as evident in the U.N. vote. We should ask why the U.S. is on the wrong side of history in this issue.

Barbara Erickson

Berkeley

Cannot give Hamas an inch, they want a mile

Absolutely not. Gaza is run by Hamas, which is a terrorist organization whose goal is to drive Israel into the sea. You give them an inch and they take a mile.

L. Turner

Hayward

Vote is a challenge to Israel's existence

I do not support the U.N. vote. This means that the U.N. now recognizes 57 Muslim states -- 22 of which are Arab. Muslim states dominate the U.N., along with those countries beholden to members of the Islamic bloc for oil -- so it was no surprise.

Israel, the size of New Jersey, is not recognized by any of these Muslim states, and is the world's only Jewish state. From the beginning, Israel has been threatened with annihilation by its Muslim neighbors.

While there are 56 other states for Palestinian Arabs to go to, where they should feel at home with the language, culture and history, Jews -- whose ancient and modern homeland is Israel -- have nowhere else to go.

Sheree Roth

Palo Alto

Resolving differences benefits region, world

I support the efforts of the United Nations to recognize Palestine as a state.

Israel and Palestine have been in conflict forever. Any method/forum in which they can better communicate and resolve their geographical and political differences will be a plus for the region as well as the world community.

John Soulis

Fremont

A vote that was long overdue

I vote yes. I support the U.N. vote on Palestine, which was long overdue. It is not enough for the U.S. to "disapprove" of the Israeli plan to build 3,000 new homes in the E1 corridor. These developments would bisect a prospective Palestine and make a two-state solution that much harder.

We need to think long and hard why Britain, France, Spain, Denmark and Sweden have all summoned their Israeli ambassadors.

Silloo Tarapore

Lafayette

Should include all rights and duties

Yes, I think that the U.N. should recognize Palestine as a nation.

Of course, this should include all of the rights and duties offered to all of the other nations. This to include the duty to supply troops to fight all terrorist groups -- including Hamas.

I wonder if Mahmoud Abbas and his people would have a problem with this.

David Brusiee

Pleasanton

Two-state solution is the only option

Yes. We believe that the actions of the United States and Israel have not given the Palestinians any other choice to pursue a viable two-state solution. The overwhelming vote of the U.N. General Assembly indicated that much of the world supports the Palestinian aspirations for statehood.

Palestine has been under occupation by Israel since 1967. Illegal settlements continue to be constructed despite urgent requests from the president and State Department to stop building on Palestinian land.

As punishment to Palestine for going to the General Assembly, the Israeli government has decided to build another 3,000 units in East Jerusalem and the West Bank and also to move up building procedures in the E1 area.

Joyance Elkinton-Walker

Carl Walker

Orinda

About time justice has been served

Yes, I support the U.N. vote on Palestine statehood.

I also support Palestine's rights to freedom from occupation and ethnic cleansing, to self-determination, to defend themselves -- in short, to justice.

Mary Izett

Lafayette

Yes, but only when Israel is recognized

Yes, if the Palestinian Authority recognizes Israel, a U.N. state for more than six decades.

Unfortunately, they want to destroy Israel.

Ralph Bernstein

Los Altos

First step to end the occupation

It's the first step to end the Israeli occupation of Palestine and the Palestinian people.

Nail Ayad

Petaluma

Vote consistent with 1947 U.N. resolution

Vote is consistent with basic human rights and U.N. Resolution 181 (which the U.S. voted for in 1947), which proposed dividing the old British Mandate into two states: Israel and Palestine.

Doug Sibley

Martinez

Only viable solution is through negotiations

I don't support the PLO going to the U.N. The only way to create the first Palestinian state is direct negotiations without preconditions between Israel and the PLO.

Norman Licht

San Carlos

Humans should be treated as equals

As human beings, we are equals and should all be treated as equals on a basic level. We can disagree on politics or religion, which is a totally different topic altogether.

John Roberts

Union City

Palestinians exist, should be recognized

Palestine existed before anyone ever dreamed of a nation called Israel. When the U.N. created Israel, they were only supposed to have part of historic Palestine. Israel says it wants peace with the Palestinians but do everything to undermine that. The Palestinians need to be recognized as a country with their own sustainable government and firm borders.

They do exist as a state already, and the U.N. should admit them.

Susan Shawl

Oakland

They are people who deserve human rights

It is time for the U.S. and the world to recognize that Palestinians are people who deserve human rights just like Israelis.

Israel created the unstable situation by invading in 1967 and occupying the West Bank and Gaza militarily, a harsh occupation that is still going on. The Palestinians deserve a nation of their own, without further Israeli delay.

Richard Pearson

Walnut Creek