JERUSALEM ― Israelis and Palestinians are preparing for a showdown at
the United Nations in September, when the Palestinian leadership will
ask for recognition of a Palestinian state within the borders that
existed before the Six Day War in 1967 (when Israel seized control of
Jordanian-occupied territory). The details of the bid remain unclear,
and the effort entails serious risks. But a sober assessment of what
might follow a U.N. endorsement of Palestine’s borders allows for some
the lasting stalemate in bilateral negotiations with Israel, a
Palestinian focus on a non-member state bid at the U.N. General Assembly
might very well increase the likelihood of jump-starting the process.
The Palestinian plan already has resulted in an unprecedented diplomatic
frenzy. While Palestinians travel the world soliciting votes, Israeli
officials are engaged in last-minute efforts to dissuade countries from
supporting what they perceive as Palestinian unilateralism.
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