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September 29, 2011 | By Barbara F. Walter and Andrew Kydd
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 | By Christi Parsons and Paul Richter, Washington Bureau
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.
July 5, 1993 | From Associated Press
Gov. Pedro Rossello on Sunday authorized a popular vote that he hopes will result in statehood for Puerto Rico, which came under U.S. control nearly 100 years ago. The Nov. 14 vote gives Puerto Ricans the chance to say whether they want to become the 51st state of the Union, remain a U.S. commonwealth or establish an independent country. The vote is non-binding.
November 25, 1989 | From Reuters
Lithuania has taken another step toward breaking away from the Soviet Union by setting up a commission to study how to restore its statehood, local journalists said Friday. The "Parliamentary Commission to Achieve Lithuanian Independence" was formed at a meeting of the republic's Parliament on Thursday, the journalists said by telephone from Vilnius, the Lithuanian capital. The move defied Soviet President Mikhail S.
February 11, 2004
I fail to understand how "For This Palestinian Family, No Place Is Quite Home" (Feb. 6), on the Rahal family, merits front-page placement. The article attempts to cull sympathy for the members of a Palestinian family who, frankly, have aligned themselves repeatedly with the losing sides in the Middle East. According to the article, the family fled the lands of Israel during the fight for statehood, expecting the Jewish Israelis to lose; the father was a functionary of the Palestine Liberation Organization and an uncle was in Saddam Hussein's army.
December 2, 2012
Re "Vote at U.N. is a setback for U.S., Israel," Nov. 30 The United Nations' vote to recognize Palestine as a nonmember observer state is a huge step forward. The world stated loud and clear that the occupation of the Palestinians' land and the denial of citizenship and nationality to them is unacceptable. Although the vote doesn't change anything on the ground, it means that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas can now negotiate as the head of a recognized state.
January 5, 2006
Re "West Bank buildup," Opinion, Jan. 3 Gershom Gorenberg wonders "whether anyone in Washington will seize the opportunity" to stop Israeli settlement growth in the West Bank. Instead, Gorenberg should ask whether anyone in the Palestinian Authority will seize the opportunity to accept statehood and independence. In 2000, the Palestinian Authority was offered much of the land it desired. Instead of accepting independence or making a counteroffer to Israel, the Palestinian Authority rejected statehood and chose to support terrorism.
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