The UN Security Council rejected (NYT) a Palestinian draft resolution that called for the negotiation of Israeli-Palestinian peace deal based on Palestinian statehood along 1967 territorial lines. The draft resolution, which carried a twelve-month deadline and called for Israel’s withdrawal from Palestinian territories by 2017, failed to win the nine-vote majority required to pass at the fifteen-member body. Eight members voted in favor, five abstained, and the United States and Australia voted against (Reuters). Palestinian leadership said it may seek official recognition (Haaretz) by joining other international bodies, including the International Criminal Court.
“Palestinians are seeking to internationalize the conflict at the UN by seeking membership and recognition from the world body. Israel, which withdrew from the Gaza Strip in 2005, has long stated that its eastern flank would be vulnerable if it pulled out entirely from the West Bank,” writes John Hudson in Foreign Policy.
“One way or another, Palestinian diplomacy was handed a stinging blow, if not outright humiliation: despite the overwhelming international support for their cause, the UN Security Council, in effect, rejected their request for statehood. The Palestinian haste was probably connected to internal Hamas pressures, though outside observers may ascribe it to their perceived preference for victimhood over pragmatism,” writes Chemi Shalev for Haaretz.
“This is hardly the time for peacemaking. The doubters and cynics may well be right that a new Israeli Government will either be too right wing to want to negotiate or too left of center to be able to do so. But that still doesn’t alter the central reality right now. What remains of the peace process will turn not on what happens in the corridors of New York or in Euro parliaments, but in Israel’s March 2015 elections,” writes Aaron David Miller at the Daily Beast.