The Palestinians of the West Bank have tried very hard to stop terrorism, and bear with forbearance every assault, insult and affront inflicted by the Settlers. How long can such behavior persist when it is rewarded by nothing besides a jack boot in the face? Arafat is dead. The Palestinians have been convinced by Abbas to try waging peace and they have succeeded beyond any expectation. Netanyahu has made it absolutely clear that he will NEVER allow a Palestinian state, nor will he EVER stop expanding settlements. This bid is the last chance for a peaceful settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian war which began in 1947. Netanyahu has chosen an endless war of extermination and ONLY the UN offers hope of avoiding that horrible outcome.
53-year-old Israeli woman lightly wounded by stone-throwing near Efrat settlement (Haaretz)
from the article: Abbas to seek full UN recognition despite Western pressure