President Barack Hussein Obama has a choice this week at the United Nations as the Palestinian Authority led by Mahmoud Abbas calls for a vote on Palestinian statehood, whether or not the vote is actually averted by some sort of Western payoff to the terrorist organization.
As background, it should be noted that it has long been the position of the United Nations that there ought to be a Palestinian state in Judea, Samaria, and the Gaza Strip. So what would change with any such resolution?
Presumably, in any vote, the Palestinians would ask for – and, in the General Assembly, receive – voting rights. They would also attempt to grab East Jerusalem as their capital, including the Temple Mount, and probably ask to control their own borders. Given the presence of Hamas in the middle of this proposed deal – and given the history of the PLO itself — such a demand would create the largest single terror state on the planet.
The Palestinians would leave the so-called “right of return” for another time, a sword hanging over the Israelis’ heads. They would not solidify the borders of Gaza and the West Bank, allowing them to terrorize Israel further while demanding more concessions. They would not allow any Jews inside the borders of their new state – no shock, considering that most Arab states ban Jews outright.
If the vote goes forward and the United States shoots down the Palestinian resolution in the Security Council, the Arabs in Palestinian-controlled territories will riot. They will demand that Israel withdraw immediately from the territories, and they will call on their allies in the Arab world to jack up oil prices to punish the United States.
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