Palestinian UN Vote and Triple-faced EU Policies

Author
Patrycja Sasnal, Daniel Levy
Content Type
Policy Brief
Institution
The Polish Institute of International Affairs
Abstract
The question of recognising the Palestinian state has once again revealed deep divisions within the EU, its weakness and marginality of the problem in light of the euro crisis. In the following study Patrycja Sasnal examines the Palestinian options at the United Nations and claims that the EU can still save face and make a difference in the Peace Process by unanimously abstaining or voting in favour of the Palestinian state, depending on the wording of the resolution. Daniel Levy then gives reasons for why a "yes" vote at the UN can advance the Peace Process. In a chaotic and changing Middle East the immediate goal is to avoid another round of violence between the conflicted parties.
Topic
Conflict Resolution, United Nations, Self Determination
Political Geography
Europe, Middle East, Arabia