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The End of the Peace Process

- Abstract

The Palestinian victory at the United Nations on November 29 was timed to bring the world body full circle from its vote on that same date in 1947 that had called for the creation of Jewish and Arab states in what was then the Mandate for Palestine. But in voting to upgrade the Palestinian Authority to a nonvoting observer, the UN put its seal of approval on an effort to evade peace negotiations and allowed the Palestinians to act as if they had won an independent state in all of the territory Israel captured during the Six-Day War in 1967. The Oslo Accords of 1993 specifically forbid the parties to go outside the framework of talks to change the status of the dispute—but that is exactly what the Palestinians have done by going to the UN. The measure (which only eight nations joined Israel in opposing) put a semi-official end to the “peace process.”

That most of the world thinks nothing of this violation of the accords and chooses to blame Israel for the Palestinian betrayal of their pledge says everything there is to say about the Jewish state’s increasing isolation. Though the move gives the Palestinians the ability to annoy Israel in some international forums, the real problem is the false belief that only the Palestinians have rights to all of the land—including Jerusalem—covered by Resolution 242, which concluded the 1967 war. More than anything else, that is the most insidious aspect of the UN circus.

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Jonathan Tobin is senior online editor of COMMENTARY.