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Is The P.A. Statehood Drive Good For the P.A?

Not really. Let us count the ways.

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The U.N. General Assembly room.(Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images)

The Fatah-led Palestinian Authority is practically the only bloc particularly excited about seeking statehood along the 1967 lines next month at the United Nations. We know how Israel feels, of course. And only today, the consul general in Jerusalem told chief P.A. negotiator Saeb Erekat that the United States would veto any Security Council resolutions (which would provide binding statehood) and would resort to “punitive measures,” including cutting aid, if it sought a less-binding status upgrade in the General Assembly, where the U.S. lacks veto power.

But we shouldn’t forget who else does not want U.N. statehood: those maximalists who insist that the Palestinian state ought to consist of all the land between the river and the sea, and that accepting anything less is a treacherous compromise. Hamas, which rules part of that land right now, blew up its reconciliation with the P.A. primarily because it could not get on the P.A.’s statehood train. And today in Lebanon, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah declared, “As far as we are concerned, Palestine is from the ocean to the river, and no one has any right to give up one grain of its land or one drop of its water.” Awkward.

There is an additional snag: A new report suggests that an upgrade of the P.A. at the U.N. would actually have logistical (in addition to political) negative ramifications on the peace process, in that it would weaken the standing of the Fatah-dominated Palestine Liberation Organization, which is currently the sole representative of the Palestinians at the U.N. and the sole group authorized to formally negotiate with Israel. The consequence of this would be to deny all Palestinians outside of the Palestinian territories—who are actually a crucial part of the Palestinians’ claim for a “right of return,” and are invariably (and correctly) counted as among those who were or who are the descendants of those who had to flee their homes during the Israeli War of Independence—any U.N. representation.

So a P.A. move at the U.N. will result in nothing binding; if it accomplishes anything, will lead to the loss of crucial U.S. money and also renewed hostility from its Iran-backed rivals; and in addition might provoke the legitimate ire of only further dispossessed diaspora Palestinians who otherwise might be inclined to support it.

U.S. Envoy: We Will Stop Aid to Palestinians if U.N. Bid Proceeds [DPA/Haaretz]
Fatah-Hamas Reconciliation Stalls over Palestinian Statehood Bid [AP/Haaretz]
Nasrallah: Palestinians Must Not Give Up on ‘Grain of Sand or Drop of Water’ in Fight for State [Haaretz]
U.N. Bid May Erode PLO’s Status: Palestinian Report [Xinhua]

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Walter says:

“…were or who are the descendants of those who had to flee their homes during the Israeli…”
First, in no other instance or descendants of refugees called refugees.
Second, many did not “have” to flee, but instead “decided” to leave their homes to allow the Arab armies an open field to kill the Jews in the UN-declared State of Israel.

Walter says:

First, in no other instance ARE descendants of refugees called refugees.

Shalom Freedman says:

The real aim of the Palestinian statehood bid is to increase Palestinian Arab power with the ultimate aim of destroying the Jewish state. The refusal of Mohammed Abbas to recognize Israel as a Jewish state as preliminary to the vote, indicates once again the true intention.
Thus I am not so sure that the Palestinian statehood bid will be in their terms self- defeating. They will have new powers and status at the U.N. They will be encouraged in belief that they can pressure and pressure and pressure Israel and in this way eventually destroy it. They are encouraged too by the genocidal intentions of Ahmadinejad’s Iran in relation to Israel.

Lynne T says:

Khaled Abu Toameh on how Abbas put himself into the corner he is now in:

Ephraim says:

Well, if pushing this resolution is going to be bad for the Palestinians, you can be sure that they will go ahead with it.

After all, every single decision they have ever made has been an umitigated disaster for them, so based on historical precedent alone, any betting man would put money on the fact that they are going to shoot off any remaining toes (or other appendages).

Why quit when you’re batting 1000 and ruin a perfect record?


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