Palestine

THE LEGAL CASE AGAINST PALESTINIAN STATEHOOD

DAVID B. RIVKIN JR.
Later this week Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is expected to seek recognition of a Palestinian state from the United Nations. The move is opposed by the Obama administration, which has rightly called it a “distraction.” Nevertheless, the PA’s effort has wide support among the U.N. membership, including Security Council members Russia, China and Britain, as well as other important regional states such as Turkey.

THE PALESTINIAN UN BID: ABBAS AND DOMESTIC FRONT

NERVANA
On September 16, 2011 President Mahmoud Abbas formally declared his intention to seek full membership for the Palestinian state in the United Nation. His decision raised more than a few eyebrows, as many did not expect him to defy the Obama administration who have repeatedly warned against such a move. So does Abbas know what he is doing?