David Frum: UN might give Palestinians a state while skipping over the peace
But some hope that the Argentine, Brazilian and Uruguayan action is a prelude to a more significant act: a vote in the UN Security Council to recognize Palestine, a vote that the Obama administration is somehow prevailed upon not to veto.
Writing in The New York Times this week, Robert Wright proposed:
“The United Nations created a Jewish state six decades ago, and it can create a Palestinian state now. It can define the borders, set the timetable and lay down the rules for Palestinian elections (specifying, for example, that the winners must swear allegiance to a constitution that acknowledges Israel’s right to exist).”
This suggestion is not one writer’s lone brainwave.
According to many reports, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is contemplating just the action that Wright describes: requesting a UN Security Council vote to “create Palestine.”
Such a vote is not very likely to happen. The United States could and would veto it. (On Wednesday night, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to urge President Obama to veto any such UN move. The vote was unanimous. And that was the outgoing Democratic-majority House.)