1. Asking for UN membership is a big mistake. The application has to be approved first by the Security Council, which may not do so even WITHOUT a US veto. (it is a touch and go.) Non-approval will be a setback, and even an approval but with a US veto will not be useful because the SC will delay it to the max (35 days) during which the whole issue will lose momentum. In any case, what is the point of this approach if the SC is ultimately not going to approve the request? I hope SOMEONE can explain this to me. Abbas should have requested the GA to approve his independent state based on the 1967 borders, and become a non-member of the UN. Membership could come later, as Israel's did about a year after Independence./ 2. Agreeing to talk with Israel ONLY based on the 1967 border is introducing a pre-condition. Netanyahu has his own pre-conditions, so Abbas now appears on equal footing as a trouble maker./ What Abbas should have insisted on is FREEZING settlement activity by Israel during peace talks. It is not possible to discuss sharing a pizza while one side keeps eating it. A freeze is therefore not a pre-condition but a necessary condition for talks. This would have kept Abbas on a higher moral plane than Netanyahu./ Well, Abbas now has 35 days to think about it.
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