The United Nations needs to be restrained and warned that a declaration of a Palestinian state must not come about. President Obama needs to assume some leadership role and responsibility for the first time. A declaration and the establishment of a Palestinian state would cause great harm to the stability and peace in the Middle East.

Should the United Nations go in that direction and try to establish a Palestinian state, then the United States should withdraw all funding, which is now about 22 percent of the UN budget.

The United Nations has been practically useless in maintaining any kind or stability in the Middle East, and the establishment of a Palestinian state is one of the worst actions that the UN could possibly take here. The United Nations must be warned now on this issue, and it's the United States and the Obama administration that need to assume this responsibility and show some leadership here now.

Al Eisner, Silver Spring