Palestinians have been under Israeli occupation for 44 years. Peace talks with Israel have gone nowhere for 20 years. Negotiations have been at a standstill for a year. Now the Palestinians have turned to the United Nations, asking it to recognize Palestine as a sovereign state.
They are hoping to persuade the United States not to veto their bid in the Security Council. If it does, they plan to ask the 193-member General Assembly at its annual gathering in September to upgrade the Palestinians’ current observer status to that of a non-member state, as enjoyed by the Vatican.
Israel objects, with American and Canadian backing. They say the Palestinians are unilaterally bypassing peace talks.
“What talks?” asks Hanan Ashrawi, the Christian Arab intellectual and longtime peace negotiator.
Read more here: Siddiqui: Why Palestinians are looking to the UN – thestar.com.