If the UNSC bid fails, Abbas can then take it to the General Assembly, where it will undoubtedly pass with a large majority. So nothing lost at all by starting at the UNSC. On the contrary, it is a very correct stratagem regarding the USA. For 40 years, the USA has danced to Israel's tune and forced the Pals to dance to it too. Never once has America been called to account or exposed as a dishonest, biased broker. That will all change the moment the application gets to the UNSC and the USA firstly loses the vote decisively and then vetoes the majority wish. America will lose support worldwide and its position as the broker in talks will become obviously untenable. Therefore the pressure is on the USA itself for a change and the only way it can get out of the bind is to strong-arm Israel into early talks and serious concessions. It is a correct stratagem because it recognises that the main player in the game is and always has been the USA, not Israel, which is isolated, puny and largely discredited on the Palestinian issue.
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