The Palestinian bid will collapse only if they succumb to US pressure and fail to follow the alternative moves available to them. It is a mystery to me why they started their bid in the SC rather than GA. Perhaps they hoped to give the US a chance to come up with a counter proposal they could accept, or merely to force the US to use the veto. Whatever, we can rest assured of one thing, the Palestinians have the best legal and political advice that money can get. The Arabs may not be keen on contributing to the PA budget, but they do not stint when it comes to buying the Palestinians the best counseling in the world, so on that level the Palestinians are on equal ground with Israel and the US. Consequently, we can be sure that the Palestinian moves at the UN are carefully thought through in advance. They may involve some gambling and risk, but they are not amateurish floundering. Already they have made some gain by causing the ouster of Dennis Ross, and I wouldn’t be surprised if David Hale also needs to spend more time with the children. Anyway, things should be clarified when the Palestinians make their next move in the coming few days.
Islamist militants attack African Union base in southern Somalia (Reuters)
from the article: UN Security Council panel fails to agree on Palestinian statehood bid