Independent States

Andrew Sullivan —  Apr 15 2011 @ 11:35am


U.N. study announced earlier this week found the Palestinian Authority is ready for statehood. Joshua Keating notes "the often arbitrary criteria applied to international sovereignty": 

There are more than a handful of U.N. member states with lower standards of governance, economic development, and healthcare than the Palestinian Territories. The U.N. has welcomed South Sudan's vote for independence, but is there any chance that one of the world's least developed regions would make the cut for sovereignty if it had to demonstrate the kind of economic and political progress seen on the West Bank in recent years?

I might add I can see no reason why the US shouldn't vote for recognition of Palestine. It's long been US policy; it's an important reward for real progress in governance by the PA; it will nudge Israel to get real. But somehow I suspect that once again, the US will balk.

(Photo: Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak attends the weekly cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, on April 10, 2011 in Jerusalem, Israel. Both Israel and Hamas have expressed a willingness to call a truce to cross-border violence that in the past few days has claimed at least 19 Palestinian lives in retaliatory Israeli air strikes. By Jim Hollander/Getty Images)