- Title Pages
- One The Role of the UN Secretary-General
- Two Palestine, the Third World, and the UN as Seen from a Special Commission
- Three On Behalf of the United Nations
- Four The UN Statehood Bid
- Five The Wrong Kind of Intervention in Syria
- Six Constructing Security Council Resolution 1701 in Lebanon in the Shadow of the “War on Terror”
- Seven The UN Security Council and Ghosts of Iraq
- Eight Iraq
- Nine Libya: A UN Resolution and NATO’s Failure to Protect
- Ten Peacekeeping and the Arab World
- Eleven The UN Human Rights Game and the Arab Region
- Twelve The Politics of the Sanctions on Iraq and the UN Humanitarian Exception
- Thirteen An Agency for the Palestinians?
- Fourteen Challenged but Steadfast
- Fifteen The UN High Commissioner for Refugees and the Iraq Refugee Operation
- Sixteen The Syrian Refugee Crisis in the Middle East
- Seventeen The Middle East
- Eighteen The UN, the Economic and Social Commission for West Asia, and Development in the Arab World
- Nineteen The United Nations, Palestine, Liberation, and Development
- Twenty Peacebuilding in Palestine
- Twenty-One The International Labour Organization and Workers’ Rights in the Arab Region
- Twenty-Two Peacekeeping, Development, and Counterinsurgency
- Twenty-Three The Protective Shields
The UN Statehood Bid
The UN Statehood Bid
Palestine’s Flirtation with Multilateralism
- (p.95) Four The UN Statehood Bid
- Land of Blue Helmets
- University of California Press
This chapter focuses on the United Nations's Palestinian “statehood” bid starting in 2011. In May 2011, the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO)/Palestinian Authority (PA) announced that it would seek membership as a state within the UN. The UN statehood bid would alter the PLO's status as a nonmember observer entity, conferred upon it by the UN General Assembly in 1974. While the benefits of UN membership, or in the alternative, a UN upgrade, are manifold, none of them guarantee Palestinian self-determination or freedom from Israeli control. The chapter suggests that this statehood bid could have been a pivot away from complete reliance on the United States to deliver independence and a return to multilateralism that positioned the world superpower as part of the problem rather than the solution. However, the promise of multilateralism, signaled by Palestinians in 2011, has not been realized. The Palestinian leadership has responded to the ever-diminishing potential of the US-brokered peace process with incremental steps into international forums.
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