The opportunity exists for a Turkey-Iraq style relationship in the Holy Land. Turkey provided Iraq with essential ingredients -- trade channels, key industry growth and international legitimacy -- which Israel alone has the power to provide the Palestinians.
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.
They've been talking about it. They've been negotiating about it. Some have used violence to achieve it. Now, say Palestinians, they'll finally become a state. Metro met Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad for an exclusive interview.
"Don't Demolish My Future" is the name of an online campaign launched by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, UNRWA, to save the school in a small Bedouin community near Jerusalem from demolition by the Israeli authorities.
Popular and armed resistance didn't work for the Palestinians, forcing them to take the matter to the U.N. in a new kind of intifada -- a diplomatic one -- that will achieve for them what 60 years of armed resistance failed to bring about.
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.
Rather than engage in negotiations which will reinforce the need for compromise, the Palestinian Authority has embarked on a strategy that, places its "passions" over its "interests." They key here is how the PA plays the image of powerlessness to its advantage.
Americans on the go are increasingly upset about the intrusiveness of airport sercurity. Perhaps lessons can be learned by examining the health effects on Palestinians who have for years submitted to similar security checks.
The military and economic prowess currently enjoyed by Israel has led to a false sense of invincibility and a belief that the status quo between Israelis and Palestinians is sustainable -- yet it is not.