The Palestinian plan to ask the UN for statehood in September has provoked intense anxiety in Jerusalem and Washington. But the move is less provocative than commonly thought. Palestinian leaders are not aiming at short-circuiting the peace process; they are trying to level the playing field in order to promote future negotiations with Israel and the United States.
Date of Publication
Elgindy, Khaled. “Palestine Goes to the UN: Understanding the New Statehood Strategy.” Foreign Affairs, vol. 90, no. 5, 2011, pp. 102–113.