Sunday, September 04, 2011

what's in it for them?

is there any plausible reason for the palestinian leadership to listen to american appeals and decide to delay asking the UN for greater recognition? why would they possibly do that? any delays would just mean more settlements. the current israeli leadership has effectively ruled out any plausible path to a negotiated two-state solution.

i understand why it would be in american interests to delay a UN vote. but the administration is really naive if they do not realize that this is one of the few bits of leverage the palestinians have. they would be crazy to give it up without something really good. and given who they are dealing with on the israeli side, they are not going to get anything really good. so why expect them to back off on their efforts?