"http://www.spectator.co.uk/coffeehouse/7243208/the-israel-palestine-question.thtml">wrote this morning, the Middle East peace process has returned to the headlines. Palestinian President Abbas
has called for Palestine to be granted full membership of the United Nations, adding that the Palestinians had “legitimate right” to full membership. Abbas added that he remained
committed to working with Israel, but said that negotiations had reached “an impasse, a dead end due to the stubborn policies of the Israeli Government that reject commitment to reference of
negotiations based on international legitimacy.”
This announcement would appear to have made Britain’s diplomatic position no less uncertain. Just as
"http://www.spectator.co.uk/coffeehouse/7238033/britains-palestinian-statehood-question.thtml">before, Britain’s position will depend on the precise wording of the resolution. Even then,
abstention apparently remains a possibility on grounds of diplomatic expediency.