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Palestinian case for statehood at the United Nations




Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas looks on during the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters on September 21, 2011 in New York City. The annual event, which is being dominated this year by the Palestinian's bid for full membership.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas looks on during the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters on September 21, 2011 in New York City. The annual event, which is being dominated this year by the Palestinian's bid for full membership.
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Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian National Authority made an historic plea to world leaders at the United Nations early Friday. His official request for Palestinian statehood had been anticipated for months.

Diplomatic wrangling by the United States and Israel was not persuasive enough to steer Abbas off track. He argues that admission at the UN "pave[s] the way for the internationalization of the conflict as a legal matter, not only a political one."

On the other side, Israel's former prime minister Ehud Olmert wrote in a New York Times op-ed this week: "An unnecessary diplomatic clash between Israel and the Palestinians is taking shape in New York, and it will be harmful to Israel and to the future of the Middle East."

WEIGH IN:

What's your reaction to the speech by Abbas? Do you want to the U.S. to veto or support the Palestinian bid? What do you think of the current state of the peace process?

Guest:

Joshua Keating, Associate Editor, Foreign Policy magazine