Palestinians Seek To End Stalemate With U.N. Bid


As the Palestinians plan to make a bid for statehood at the United Nations next week, many Palestinians see it as a way to break years of deadlock with Israel.The Israelis, meanwhile, see only diplomatic fallout and the potential for violence.For Palestinians, the U.N. plan is loaded with symbolism. The central post office in the Palestinian city of Ramallah is issuing a series of commemorative stamps and postcards this month. For the first time, they will identify the country of origin as Palestine.

Postmaster Fathi Shbak says the stamps are meant to inspire pride among Palestinians, and recognition from the rest of the world.\”These things, small things, symbolize a country,\” he said. \”Any foreign person who sees Palestinian stamps or something he will know that there is a country called Palestine in this world.\”The Palestinians are hoping that the U.N. will vote in favor of recognizing a Palestinian state that includes the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem — territory seized by Israeli forces in the 1967 war.However, under U.N. rules such a move would require action by the Security Council. The Obama administration has already made clear that it will exercise its veto because it believes Palestinian statehood should be negotiated with Israel.But the Palestinians could then turn to the General Assembly. There, the Palestinians could expect to win overwhelming support if they seek to upgrade their status to that of a non-member observer state.Still, the Palestinians would not have anything resembling a full-fledged state. But after so many years of stalemate, the Palestinians seem ready to welcome progress of any kind.(Source-npr)

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