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The Palestinians U.N. Statehood Quickstep: a smart strategy, and an incredibly dumb one

I wrote this week about new Palestinian tactics in their endless effort to avoid direct negotiations with Israel, including the U.N. Quickstep – the accelerating effort to tap dance around negotiations with “official” recognition of Palestinian statehood in the General Assembly in September.

The more I think about it, the more this seems like a very smart strategy – and a very dumb one.

Don’t ‘Delude’ Palestinians, Peres Tells U.N. Official

05/29/2011

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- The United Nations "should not delude" the Palestinians into thinking that a unilateral declaration of a state will lead to its establishment, Israeli President Shimon Peres told a U.N. official.

Israel supports the establishment of an independent state, but one achieved through "direct and discreet" negotiations, Peres told U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Dr. Ashe-Rose Migiro Sunday during a meeting in Jerusalem.

A Unilateral Statehood Declaration is No Easy Fix

05/05/2011

Since negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians have stalled, it’s becoming fashionable to discuss an “easy fix” of unilaterally declaring a Palestinian state. But the “easy fix” attempts an end run around a negotiated settlement, which is the only route through which a settlement could possibly be reached.

A Palestinian Unilateral Declaration of Independence (UDI) would bypass peace talks entirely.

The old status quo just ain't what it used to be

What's most striking to me about recent events in the Middle East is how just about all the experts – the administration deep thinkers, their Republican critics, the academics and the foreign policy talking heads – failed to predict the seismic forces that are reshaping the region in ways we can't begin to fathom.

This isn't a matter of partisan politics. The Obama administration is clearly clueless about a region in turmoil, but I haven't heard anything resembling acumen from the Republicans, either.

Americans Oppose Unilateral Palestinian Statehood, Poll Finds

04/13/2011

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- A majority of Americans oppose a declaration of Palestinian statehood absent a peace agreement with Israel, a new poll finds.

The poll released this week by the Israel Project showed 51 percent of registered U.S. voters oppose a proposal that the Palestinian Authority "unilaterally declare an independent Palestinian state WITHOUT a signed peace treaty with Israel," while 31 percent support it.

Big fight over non-binding resolution on Palestinian unilateralism

This week the House of Representatives passed a resolution opposing any unilateral Palestinian move toward statehood after a few days of fierce lobbying by both opponents and supporters.

I bet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is really worried and will change his plans immediately.

South America: Meddling in Peace Process is Not the Solution

12/14/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

In announcing that they would recognize a Palestinian state along 1967 borders, the presidents of Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay risk undermining a very delicate peace process. Only Israeli and Palestinian representatives can create a two-state solution.

South America: Meddling in Peace Process is Not the Solution

12/13/2010
Special the Jewish Week

In announcing that they would recognize a Palestinian state along 1967 borders, the presidents of Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay risk undermining a very delicate peace process. Only Israeli and Palestinian representatives can create a two-state solution.

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