The Palestinian leadership must show courage and wisdom by again seizing the initiative and setting the agenda so as to achieve, finally, some measure of justice and a decent future for the Palestinian people.
Maybe if the benefits of peace in the Middle East were made material and not ethereal, with concrete commitments rather than vague promises, it would be the kind of disruptive development that sparks compromise.
These Autumn winds, like those from the Arab Spring, could bring about irreversible and historic changes in the outdated and unsuccessful political paradigm which previously defined decades of the relationship between Israel and Palestine.
If the U.S. vetos the admission of Palestine, whose right to self-determination has been affirmed in hundreds of U.N. resolutions, including many in which the U.S. also voted in favor, it would breach international law.
The decision of the Palestinian Authority to go to the U.N. to seek recognition of a Palestinian state is likely to make matters worse, leading both sides to further entrench themselves into long-time, hardened positions.