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The UN Vote and Palestinian Statehood

Why the Move is an Unnecessary Gamble

Author: Robert M. Danin, Eni Enrico Mattei Senior Fellow for Middle East and Africa Studies
September 14, 2011
Foreign Affairs

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The Palestinians' effort to attain international statehood recognition at the United Nations in September is aimed at enhancing their leverage in future negotiations with Israel. In a candid May 16 op-ed in the New York Times, Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority (PA) and chair of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), acknowledged as much. "Palestine would be negotiating from the position of one United Nations member whose territory is militarily occupied by another," he said, "and not as a vanquished people."

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