The Pals should go ahead with the bids. They won't get the full membership at the UNSC ( Obama's courtesy) but the UNGA will ( justly) upgrade the UN status. Only then the Pals may accept the Quartet call even if , as a gesture of good will, they can refrain from going after Israel at the ICC, UNTIL the end of 2012. I've just watched the Potuguese PM (Portugal is currently a member of the UNSC) on the news and Passos Coelho said that he believes the EU may adopt a common stand in which the PA would get their status upgraded at the UNGA providing the Pals agree to negotiations.Abbas could accept it as it would increase the political gains that the PA has accomplished so far with the UN clever move. Should Netanyahu refuse things would become a lot harder to Israel in the international arena.
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from the article: Mideast Quartet sets timetable for renewed Israeli-Palestinian talks