September 3, 2000 |
With or without Israel's permission, Palestine is about to be born. Whether this month, as some Palestinian leaders insist, or a bit later, the declaration of an independent Palestinian state seems all but inevitable and will crown a 52-year quest for legitimacy and homeland that has been at the heart of the most enduring conflict in the Middle East. But what will this state, Palestine, look like, and how will it function?
January 2, 1999 |
The state of Alaska marks its birthday Sunday, 40 years since a remote, thinly populated territory overcame skepticism from the Lower 48 and became equal to every other state in the nation. The statehood struggle may now be the stuff of history books, but some of the same conflicts with the federal government that drove that quest remain. Becoming a state took some time and many trips to Washington. But in the end, statehood supporters made their case, and on Jan.
March 5, 1998 |
One hundred years after Puerto Rico was seized by the United States, the House was poised Wednesday night to allow the Caribbean island to choose to become the 51st state, remain a commonwealth or split off and become an independent nation. "Finally, this has become a national issue," said Democrat Carlos Romero-Barcelo, the island's nonvoting delegate in the House and a statehood advocate.
February 10, 1990 |
Jesse Jackson knows how to keep them guessing. During his first race for President in 1984, the former civil rights leader had Democrats fretting over whether he would support the standard-bearer, Walter F. Mondale. When he ran again in 1988, he kept everyone wondering for months what he wanted in return for his support of Michael S. Dukakis. And, now, Jackson is causing the same kind of consternation among the people of Washington, D.C.
March 27, 1999 |
To Israel's dismay, Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat has won from the European Union what he could not from President Clinton in talks at the White House this week: a public endorsement of the Palestinian right to self-determination, including statehood. The European Union declaration, which came early Friday at the conclusion of a summit in Berlin, was its clearest statement supporting the Palestinians' goal of declaring an independent state.
November 30, 1998 |
Yasser Arafat declared anew Sunday that he hopes to establish an independent Palestinian state--with Jerusalem as its capital--in May, despite intense opposition from Israel and pleas by the United States that he soft-pedal the issue.
November 22, 1993 |
Facing the issue for the first time, the House on Sunday overwhelmingly rejected a bill to grant statehood to the District of Columbia and to give its 600,000 residents voting representation in both the House and Senate. The vote was 277 to 153. Although statehood advocates expected to lose, they said the sizable vote for the bill was a significant first step on a long road to give Washington's citizens political equality with other Americans.
September 29, 2011 |
Everyone knows that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' bid for statehood through the United Nations Security Council will fail. Even if the Palestinians get the nine votes needed , the United States will veto it. And yet the strategy is brilliant. Why? Because the Palestinians win even if they lose. To understand how this seemingly doomed effort is designed to work, one has to recognize the strategic game Abbas is playing. Abbas knows that time and public opinion are on his side.
September 17, 2011 |
With efforts stymied to head off a U.N. resolution on Palestinian statehood, some Obama administration officials hope to make the most of a silver lining — the chance to emphasize the president's solidarity with Israel by casting a high-profile veto in the Security Council. For months, U.S. and Israeli diplomats worked to forestall a plan by the Palestinians to present their resolution to the Security Council. Now, however, with Obama facing restiveness among some Jewish supporters, the prospect of a veto comes at a politically useful moment.