The Palestinian Bid for UN Membership: Rationale, Response, Repercussions

Author
David Makovsky, Ghaith al-Omari, Amos Yadlin
Content Type
Policy Brief
Institution
The Washington Institute for Near East Policy
Abstract
The Palestinian decision to appeal to the UN is rooted in frustration with Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu's government and the conviction that negotiations are futile at the moment. Furthermore, they believe that President Obama's efforts, while admirable, will not produce results. These beliefs -- combined with the sense of urgency imparted by the Arab Spring and the growing perception that the Palestinian leadership can no longer back down from the initiative -- makes it likely that they will head to the UN this month as planned.
Topic
Conflict Resolution, Diplomacy, Treaties and Agreements, Self Determination
Political Geography
Middle East, Arabia, United Nations