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Sep 19, 2011

Why Israelis Don't Worry About The PA Statehood Bid In The UN

I would have expected the main issue to be dealt with this summer, at the national level mostly but also the one that would consume the people on an individual basis, would be the Palestinians possible bid for a United Nations vote on statehood.

Sure, it was discussed, but it was far from the prime issue I would have expected. It took a back burner to news like the tent protests over the housing crisis, local crime, Turkey which was a big issue and is peripherally connected to this, Bet Shemesh and and some other issues.

I suspect the reason is one of two possibilities:

  1. The Israeli atitude of Yehiye B'Seder. Everything will be ok. I can't do anything about it anyway. It is too big to worry about.
  2. We suspect that Abbas and the PA might just very well be bluffing. We think that at the last minute Abbas will find some reason to say pull the proposal. he will say something about re-opening peace negotiations, Israel made a serious offer worth considering, the United States implored him to pull it and he could not refuse, or something like that. At the end of the day, whatever his excuse might be, we just do not believe that he is really going to the UN for a unilateral statehood bid. He is bluffing.
What do you think? What will happen, if anything, this week regarding the PA statehood bid? Why has it not been the central issue this summer?


  1. I think you forgot the most salient reason Israelis aren't really worried: The UN vote won't change anything on the ground. The US will veto the SC vote and the GA vote is just a show.

    Turkey is much more of a problem.

  2. People worry about what they can control or change and this is something beyond the average person's ability to do those things.

  3. I am in favor of a Palestinian state.

    How about Wyoming? :)

    (Just couldn't resist a little humor).

  4. maybe after so many years, people are simply sick of the subject.

  5. reason numero uno not to worry:

    "The Arabs never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity"

    Abba Eban

    here's hoping!


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