THE PALESTINIAN BID FOR STATEHOOD

The Palestinians have announced plans to seek recognition as a state through a United Nations Security Council resolution, arguing such a vote is the best option due to stalled peace talks with Israel.

The move is opposed by the United States, which has said it will veto any such resolution, and that a two-state solution to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict can only be achieved at the negotiating table. Both Israel and the United States have undertaken intensive diplomatic efforts to stave off the Palestinian bid. They contend such a vote will further destabilize the Middle East, which is already reeling from the Arab Awakening.

The Baker Institute"s Conflict Resolution Program has been working for years on the Israeli-Palestinian issue, most recently publishing "Getting to the Territorial Endgame of an Israeli-Palestinian Peace Settlement," a report that offers concrete recommendations for policymakers on this concern. 

The Baker Institute is providing timely analysis of this developing situation, including what a UN vote on Palestinian statehood might mean for U.S. policymakers.