On the Ground
Israelis are fixated on the Palestinian bid for statehood at the United Nations. But Palestinians, inured to false hopes, are much less riled up.
Nathan Thrall, a Middle East analyst for the International Crisis Group, is also a reporter, and since 2006 he’s been filing stories from Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza for publications including the New York Review of Books (and Tablet Magazine). He recently spoke to Tablet Magazine contributing editor Adam Chandler about what he thinks will happen in the West Bank and Gaza following the Palestinian bid for statehood at the United Nations this week. His recent conversations with Palestinians in the region, he told Chandler, have revealed a population inured to false hopes and accordingly far less exercised about the planned Security Council move than their Israeli counterparts. [Running time: 18:30.]
By asking the United Nations to fulfill their national aspirations, the Palestinians are following a script Israel’s founders wrote in the 1940s