The Birth of a Nation

Palestine's bid for statehood.

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This week Palestinians are moving beyond the Israel- and US-dominated peace process and appealing directly to the world. They are asking the United Nations to formally recognize Palestine as an independent, sovereign state within its 1967 borders.

There is a profound symbolic significance to this move.

It was with a vote in the General Assembly in November 1947 that the state of Israel first achieved recognition through a resolution calling for mutually occupied land to be divided into two states. Israel and most of the nations of the world have long viewed that vote as the source of Israel’s legitimacy as a nation.

If the United Nations General Assembly created the state of Israel sixty years ago, it can create a Palestinian state now.

A bold stroke of poetic justice like that could breathe new life into the whole region and beyond.