"Issues with women's rights, ethnic and religious equality, homophobia, and so forth all make the case that a Palestinian state should not be recognized until they get their asses off of their heads." - The very same argument could have been used to justify the British aggression in the American War - "just imagine the carnage (The US Civil War) that could have been avoided by 'pacifying' the 'patriots".
On a tangent, yes, the UN is a dummy for US.. Very little good seems to come of it..
I also don't like the shoot first and ask questions later, sometimes of hamas, Israels slide away from democracy, new censorhip laws, and tollerance and support of the ultra orthodox, who are every one bit as extreme, biggoted, and assbackwards as hamas will ever be.
They collect state checks, don't serve in the IDF, vote en mass, and treat women like shit, and routinely stone outsiders for not observing their strict dress codes.
Given the fact we subsidized the Israeli government, our money is paying for it.
Israeli has always touted themselves out and out as a "socialist" state, backed up with ethnonationalist rhetoric that would make the rest of the "civilized" world blush.
I don't see them as the worst there is, but I also say our current policy of apologizing for them, and backing every last thing they ever do is fail, and we should be more even handed.
That and perhaps more liberal reasons, like not wanting to legitimise another country whose government believes that the testimony of a woman should only be worth half that of a man, and that homosexuality deserves the death penalty, and so on and so forth.
People care because that's the first step to full membership. The Palestinian Government already has permanent representatives in the UN if I'm not mistaken, so this is not about giving them an opportunity to get their point across.
It is our business, because they're asking us to recognise their legitimacy.
And no, they're not a country. Countries have borders, and the Palestinian Liberation Organisation are not going to be able to come up with a proposal for borders which is acceptable to the UN and which is acceptable to Hamas and their supporters.