So long as the Israelis and Palestinians of this city remain guilty of indifference and fail to seek understanding beyond their walls, Hebron's future, like its past, will remain mired in constant struggle.
This statehood demand is based upon a false premise, -- that of the supposed "intransigence" on the part of the Israelis -- which leaves the opposing party no recourse other than this diplomatic putsch.
If the world wants to see resolution of the Israel-Palestine conflict anytime soon, it has to wrest control of the issue from Washington. And that's why moving the arena to the United Nations makes perfect sense.
The debate over full Palestinian membership in the UN is not over yet, but it is not too early to issue an interim report card, and it seems that what was billed as a diplomatic showdown is just another chapter in a long saga whose end is still not in sight.
You might think Palestine and President Barack Obama's mooted "Buffett Tax" have nothing to do with each other. Except for one thing: Republicans have found a way to (unwittingly) combine the two -- with revolutionary results!
Like Friedman, I feel terrible about all this. And I'm not alone. Most people who care about Israel understand that it can only survive if it ends the occupation and supports establishment of a Palestinian state.
So what, exactly, is Abbas hoping to achieve? The UN General Assembly, unlike the Security Council, cannot declare a state, and the U.S. has vowed to veto any Security Council resolution that recognizes Palestine's independence.
The spark most likely to reignite and inflame the Israel Palestinian "peace negotiations" is the pending plan of the Palestinian Leadership to seek admission of Palestine, as an independent "State" to the United Nations.