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

Share

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."

Subscribe to Foreign Affairs—the world's leading authority on foreign policy.

Read full article at ForeignAffairs.com.

More on This Topic

Op-Ed

Abbas Strikes Out

Author: Elliott Abrams
National Review

Elliott Abrams says the UN speech delivered by PLO chairman Mahmoud Abbas made waves and drew cheers but will ultimately hurt his cause.

Article

Joining the Jackals

Author: Elliott Abrams
Weekly Standard

Elliott Abrams says that amidst the international frenzy over the Gaza flotilla disaster, the Obama administration has abandoned Israel at...