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October 2, 2008
Where are the Palestinians?

In the vice presidential debate, did you notice that neither Sen. Biden nor Gov. Palin mentioned the Palestinians as part of a Mideast solution?

Moderator Gwen Ifill asked: "What has this administration done right or wrong -- this is the great, lingering, unresolved issue, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict -- what have they done?  And is a two-state solution the solution?"

Both candidates talked a lot about Israel.

Palin: "A two-state solution is the solution...Israel is our strongest and best ally in the Middle East. We have got to assure them that we will never allow a second Holocaust...We will support Israel...And I can promise you, in a McCain-Palin administration, that commitment is there to work with our friends in Israel."

Biden: "Gwen, no one in the United States Senate has been a better friend to Israel than Joe Biden."  He talked about the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, Hamas, Hezbollah.

But no Palestinians.  How do you get a two state solution without acknowledging the existence of the Palestinian people?  Something is terribly wrong with this picture, a major failure of both candidates.

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