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    • Ben
    • 07.07.11 | 19:00 (IDT)

    Seems to me the UN is unlikely to supersede the "Obama" conditions for a Palestinian State, ie the 1949-1967 Green Lines WITH MUTUALLY AGREED SWAPS. (Sorry for the all caps, but that part is important) So, the UN could say, "We'll recognize the State of Palestine without recognizing the borders of Palestine...those will be mutually agreed on later". But isn't that effectively the same as the recognition of Palestine within PROVISIONAL borders? That was an Israeli proposal from years ago that was specifically rejected. I'm not opposed to that idea; I thought the Palestinians were. It seems to me that there would be a formulation of the Statehood declaration that recognizes the DISPUTED territory (this is the area in play for swap) and the legitimate authority of the occupying power under the rules of war until such time as a negotiated settlement that could be acceptable to both sides. That could really unblock negotiations because Israel could recognize the State of Palestine within provisional borders and Palestine could recognize the State of Israel in its provisional borders which would undercut the Hamas rhetoric for why they refuse to accept the Quartet's terms. However, I am getting WAY ahead of myself since much of this effort is not going to come to pass. It is interesting to think about though.

    from the article: Palestinian official: UN vote on statehood won't contradict peace process
    First published 02:03 07.07.11 | Last updated 02:03 07.07.11
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