Who Wants to Be a Member of the U.N.? - Palestine

  • Aired:  03/05/12
  •  | Views: 103,453

Before discussing Palestine's United Nations bid for statehood, John Oliver establishes some pre-conditions with Ambassador Riyad Mansour. (5:13)

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

>> Jon: WELCOME BACK.

YOU PROBABLY HEARD PRESIDENT

OBAMA HAD A HIGH PROFILE

MEETING WITH NETANYAHU TODAY.

YOU MIGHT NOT HAVE HEARD THIS

THOUGH.

JON OLIVER HAS MORE.

>> Reporter: FOR 70 YEARS THE

ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN CONFLICT

HAS BEEN UTTERLY INTRACTABLE.

PRESIDENT AFTER PRESIDENT HAS

TRIED AND FAILED TO PROPOSE A

LASTING SOLUTION.

BUT RECENTLY THE PALESTINIANS

ATTEMPTED A NEW TACTIC.

>> PALESTINE WANTS FULL

MEMBERSHIP FOR THE U.N..

>> PALESTINIANS WANT THE U.N.

TO RECOGNIZE THEM AS THE STATE

OF PALESTINE.

>> Reporter: THE PROBLEM IS

THAT RECOGNITION WOULD FORCE

PALESTINE'S NEIGHBORS TO

ACKNOWLEDGE THEY HAVE

PALESTINE FOR A NEIGHBOR.

THE PALESTINIAN AMBASSADOR SAT

DOWN WITH ME TO DISCUSS THIS

TRICKY SITUATION.

WE BEGAN A FREE AND OPEN

DIALOGUE IN THE TRADITIONAL

WAY.

I THINK FIRSTs IT'S IMPORTANT

THAT WE AGREE TO

PRE-CONDITIONS FOR THIS

INTERVIEW.

>> I WILL BE WILLING TO HEAR

IT, YES.

>> FIRST, THIS ENTIRE

INTERVIEW MUST BE CONDUCTED

WITH A 1967 VOCABULARY.

IS THAT GROOVEY WITH YOU?

>> GROOVEY?

IT IS AGREEABLE TO ME, YES.

>> Reporter: MIDDLE EAST PEACE,

HERE WE COME.

MOVING ON WITH THE INTERVIEW.

BEFORE WE DO, IS IT HOT IN

HERE?

>> IT'S FINE.

>> Reporter: YOU'RE NOT HOT.

BECAUSE I'M DEFINITELY HOT.

>> I AM NOT.

>> Reporter: LOOK, AMBASSADOR

I THINK BEFORE WE DO ANYTHING

WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO COME

TO A PROVISIONAL AGREEMENT ON

THE TEMPERATURE OF THIS ROOM.

>> IF YOU WANT TO LOWER THE

TEMPERATURE IT'S FINE WITH ME.

>> Reporter: BUT WHO IS GOING

TO CONTROL THE THERMOSTAT?

>> THE THERMOSTAT DIRECTLY

SHOULD BE SHARED BY ALL OF US.

>> Reporter: DON'T EVEN THINK

ABOUT DEVOIDING THE

THERMOSTAT.

>> WE WILL NOT DIVIDE THE

THERMOSTAT BUT IT SHOULD BE

ACCESSED BY ALL THOSE WHO

CHERISH IT AND THINK THAT IT

IS THE ONLY PLACE.

>> Reporter: AFTER

THREE-AND-A-HALF HOURS OF

LABOR USE NEGOTIATIONS WE

FINALLY CAME TO AN AGREEMENT.

WE AGREE THAT AT AN

UNSPECIFIED TIME IN THE FUTURE

WE WILL ANNOUNCE A SUMMIT TO

DISCUSS THE POSSIBILITY OF

DISCUSSING A NEGOTIATION

TOWARDS AN AGREEMENT ON

TEMPERATURE.

YES?

>> YES.

>> Reporter: SHAKE HANDS FOR

THE CAMERA.

THANK YOU, AMBASSADOR.

THIS IS AN HISTORIC DAY.

>> YES INDEED.

>> Reporter: YOU'RE NOT

TOUCHING THAT THERMOSTAT.

SO PROGRESS IS POSSIBLE.

UNFORTUNATELY THE PALESTINIAN-

U.N. APPLICATION HAS WON

LITTLE STAR SPANGLED OBSTACLE.

>> THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION

HAS PLEDGED TO VETO ANY MOVE

TOWARDS STATEHOOD.

>> Reporter: THAT'S RIGHT.

WE'RE VETOING AN APPLICATION

TO AN ORGANIZATION THAT EVEN

HAS LIBYA, SYRIA AND NORTH

KOREA AS MEMBERS.

BUT THE AMBASSADOR JUST

DOESN'T GET IT.

>> WE HAVE 131 COUNTRIES

RECOGNIZING US AS THE STATE OF

PALESTINE.

>> Reporter: BUT HOW MANY THAT

MATTER?

>> ALL OF THE COUNTRIES ARE

IMPORTANT.

WE ARE NOT IN THE BUSINESS IN

DIFFERENTIATING BETWEEN SMALL

COUNTRIES AND BIG COUNTRIES.

ONE COUNTRY....

>> Reporter: HELLO, HELLO.

>> WE UNDERSTAND.

EVEN THE ONE COUNTRY, THE

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, IN

PRINCIPLE THEY SUPPORT THE

RECOGNITION OF THE STATE OF

PALESTINE.

THEY'RE JUST SAYING IT'S ONLY

A QUESTION OF TIME.

>> Reporter: AND THAT TIME IS

EMPHATICALLY NOT NOW BUT

PERHAPS THERE WAS ONE OTHER

WAY WE COULD GET THEM IN.

SO YOU DEFINITELY WANT TO

BECOME A MEMBER OF THE U.N..

>> YES.

WE DON'T WANT TO BE THE

EXCEPTION TO THE RULE.

WE ARE LIKE THE REST.

>> Reporter: THAT BRINGS US ON

TO THE PORTION OF THIS

INTERVIEW.

WHO WANTS TO BE A MEMBER OF

THE U.N.?

WELCOME TO WHO WANTS TO BE A

MEMBER OF THE U.N., THE GAME

SHOW WHERE FULL MEMBERSHIP OF

THE UNITED NATIONS IS ON

OFFER.

I'M JOINED HERE BY ONE OF OUR

CONTESTANTS.

HI, WHAT'S YOUR NAME?

AND WHERE ARE YOU FROM?

>> FROM AL DESIGN.

>> Reporter: I'VE NEVER HEARD

OF THAT.

QUESTION NUMBER ONE.

WHAT DOES U.N. STAND FOR?

TAKE YOUR TIME.

WHAT COULD IT BE?

>> UNITED NATIONS.

>> Reporter: THAT'S CORRECT.

THAT'S CORRECT,

CONGRATULATIONS.

THAT'S CORRECT.

HOW DO YOU THINK IT'S GOING SO

FAR?

>> DOING GOOD.

>> Reporter: OKAY.

QUESTION NUMBER TWO.

THAT EAGLE MEANS IT'S THE

BONUS ROUND.

YOU COME ALL THIS WAY.

NOW DO YOU TAKE WHAT YOU'VE

WON SO FAR OR DO YOU TAKE

WHAT'S INSIDE THE MYSTERY BOX?

>> I TAKE WHAT'S INSIDE THE

MYSTERY BOX.

>> Reporter: HE'S GOING TO GO

FOR THE MYSTERY BOX.

OKAY.

GOOD LUCK.

WHAT HAVE WE GOT?

OH, I'M SORRY.

IT'S A VETO FROM THE U.S.

>> IF WE ARE VETOED ONCE, WE

WILL COME BACK AGAIN UNTIL WE

PREVAIL.

>> Reporter: THAT'S THE

SPIRIT.

HE'LL COME BACK AGAIN NEXT

TIME.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR PLAYING.

>> WE ARE DETERMINED TO BE A

MEMBER OF THE UNITED NATIONS.

>> Reporter: OH, THAT WOULD BE

GREAT.

>> THE DAILY SHOW IS NOT

RESPONSIBLE FOR THE OUTCOME OF

THIS CONTEST.

>>

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