Palestinian statehood of confusion
Palestine has now won recognition as a state from the United Nations and at least 132 countries. But whether it will succeed in translating its new title into substantive statehood, or whether continued Israeli rule will turn the title into an empty shell, remains an open question.
In April, the International Criminal Court rejected a Palestinian request to investigate Israel for alleged war crimes during its Gaza operation in 2009. The ICC prosecutor said that only a state could join the court, and Palestine was still defined by the UN General Assembly as an "observer" rather than a "non-member observer state." But should this change, he added, the ICC's door would be...
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