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Accelerating Palestinian UN Diplomacy and Its Consequences

November 3, 2011

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Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas holds up a letter to United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-Moon requesting Palestinian statehood at the 66th United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York on September 23, 2011 (Eric Thayer/Courtesy Reuters).

The United Nations Security Council will soon revisit the Palestinian request for membership. Yesterday, I had the opportunity to discuss this upcoming development and other Palestinian-Israeli issues with CFR.org consulting editor Bernard Gwertzman. For those of you who aren’t familiar with him, Bernie is a legendary former New York Times diplomatic correspondent.

In the interview, I discussed the stepped up multitrack Palestinian diplomatic effort at the United Nations and its ramifications for peace efforts. What peace efforts, you might ask? We discussed that too, as well as the rumors swirling through the Israeli press about a purported Israeli strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities.

The overall situation between Israelis and Palestinians appears to be deteriorating rapidly. International diplomacy is largely focused elsewhere, and nobody seems to have good ideas about how to arrest this latest tailspin. Do you have any good ideas? I’d love to hear them. Feel free to post a comment.

To read the interview on CFR.org, please click here.

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