November 29, 2012
The recognition of Palestine at the UN would strengthen those on both sides who believe peace is possible. It would send the Palestinians a strong message, that the international community truly recognizes their rightful and legitimate aspirations. It would help Palestinian unity. It would make Hamas more interested in negotiations. It would send the message that diplomacy is worth it. It would send the Israelis a strong message that peace and security through diplomacy and concessions – and only through diplomacy and concessions – is possible. It would give a slight hope that Western nations could still keep a minor slice of their fading influence in the Arab world.
A former Israeli Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert thinks likewise – and a large number of other Israelis, who badly need a boost.
Will Western nations adjust to the hard – line Netanyahu – Libermann narrative or will they strengthen those who share their own political goals – and stand up to their national security interests?
And by the way: it’s the right thing to do.