Posts Tagged ‘United Nations’

This essay is based on my remarks at a Shabbat Luncheon hosted by Shaarei Torah Orthodox Congregation of Syracuse, NY on September 17, 2011. I argue that despite popular views to the contrary, the Palestinians have much to lose from a United Nations declaration of statehood; it is Israel which has much to gain. Furthermore, while President Mahmoud Abbas may be sincere in thinking that Palestine’s admission to the United Nations as a sovereign member state will reinvigorate the peace process, I argue that successful conflict resolution will remain elusive—regardless of what the UN does or does not do—unless Palestinians and Israelis return to their earlier negotiating positions reflected in the 2003 Geneva Initiative. (more…)

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(This post first appeared on May 19, 2011 on the blog INSCT on Security, Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism, Syracuse University)

With President Barack Obama set to deliver his second major speech on the Middle East today, and Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu scheduled to deliver his own speech to a joint session of Congress next week, the Palestinian National Authority’s President Mahmoud Abbas’ recent call to the international community to recognize the State of Palestine (“The Long Overdue Palestinian State”, The New York Times, May 17) was timed well. By preempting Obama and Netanyahu, Abbas has compelled both statesmen to address the urgency of Palestinian national aspirations. With Abbas’ formal call for UN recognition, the Palestinians have stated in no uncertain terms that they will no longer wait for this status to be bestowed at some future time at the conclusion of final status negotiations with Israel—recognition of statehood will come this September, whether Israel or the US likes it or not. (more…)

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