Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian Authority, announced his Friday 23rd application for full voting membership of the United Nations. But that rests on UN Security Council approval and will, we know since Wednesday and the US pledge to veto, fail. What may be acheived instead is an upgrading in status for the Palestinian entity to a "non-voting observer state," in the General Assembly, a category that now includes the Vatican only.
Tomorrow the day of reckoning for Palestinian statehood is upon us. Will Palestinians be granted an upgrade to statehood, whether of the fully-fledged kind or the 'observer' non-member variety? And how will such a 'state' look anyway. Will it be the present day splintered reality of 'Palestine' dispersed between Gaza and fractions or pieces of the West Bank, barring East Jerusalem?
Many fear that the only way ahead now may amount to the pitiful settlement of the PA taking 'Palestine' two decades back rather than one international step forward.
These are many questions being bandied about at this time where much is unclear. The status of Palestinian-hood is under a cloud of speculation and many cynics forecast little outcome for the aspiring state member, with the US veto and Israel colluding and continuing to insist on peace negotiations that involve themselves exclusively, and not the supremacy of an international community.
Perhaps, Mahmoud Abbas, head of the PA, buoyed up by the mood of change in the region wanted something to show for his time and his legacy …He knows the timing will never be right... Palestine unlike the Arab Spring states has always been 'ready' for change, if not positively desperate for it.
Al Bawaba, consideres some bleak forecasts from the cynics in the Palestine-Israeli game- who have every reason to remain such, having done or watched the rounds of peace talk after peace hurdle. Whatever the gains, some starkly predict, the Palestinians will be kept "colonised, discriminated against, oppressed, and exiled." How does the Arab Spring play into the Palestine Push?
What is the relationship between Obama’s refusal to recognise Palestine and his insistence on recognising Israel’s right to be a "Jewish state" and his demand that the Palestinians and Arab countries play things according to his pace?