October 29, 2011

Palestinian UN Recognition Bid Gets Balkanized

Karl Vick, Time

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Everyone talks about the United States using its Security Council veto to stop the Palestinian application for UN membership, but there's another calculation driving the most intense diplomacy now bubbling around  the UN bid: If the Palestinian bid doesn't get nine votes from other members of the Security Council, Washington won't have to uncork a veto, sparing the Obama administration the mortification of sole, conspicuous responsibility for vanquishing the dreams of self-determination for a Palestinian public in the very year Obama celebrates the Arab Spring.

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