My new novel Rebirth chronicles the UN's very first initiative as a world peacekeeping court. The Jews in Palestine applied for statehood and rallied many countries to supporting Israel becoming a nation.
Now the Palestinians are trying to duplicate what the Jews did. Except they are publicly denouncing Israel's existence and trying to avert the peace process all together. In other words, they're trying to sneak this one in.
Palestinian leaders are embarking on a risky statehood strategy that will include UN resolutions, boycotts against Israeli products, complaints in international courts, and attempts to win formal recognition from as many countries as possible, Palestinian officials say. dismiss the campaign as a ploy to bypass the negotiating table. The next step will come later this month when Palestinians hope to extract a public commitment from the Middle East Quartet that any peace deal be based on the pre-1967 armistice lines. Israel rejects the 1967 lines as a basis for talks.
To overcome a possible U.S. veto at the , Palestinians say they plan to take their case to the UN General Assembly, where they believe they would have a majority of the votes. They plan to invoke UN Resolution 377, which allows the General Assembly to approve binding, albeit harder to enforce, resolutions in the event of deadlock at the Security Council.
However, a senior Obama administration official called the Palestinian approach "a strategic mistake. It's not going to be a successful strategy. Lining up countries to recognize a Palestinian state is not a substitute for successful negotiation with the Israelis."
(Edmund Sanders - Los Angeles Times)
Originally posted by Israel Alert