Will the Palestinians Take Their Case to the UN?

(TIME) Tony Karon - Palestinian leaders have begun telling the world that they are considering taking matters to the UN Security Council. The downside of the Palestinian UN option is that while UN recognition of a state based on the 1967 borders would "give" the Palestinians more territory than they might achieve in a U.S.-mediated negotiation process, the international body would not address the problem of getting Israel to concede possession - and the "facts on the ground" created by Israel since 1967 include nearly half a million Israelis. So getting UN recognition of Palestinian statehood on the 1967 borders would establish a principle, but brings its implementation no closer - and would probably be the prelude to a protracted struggle between the two sides.

2010-10-29 09:02:28

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