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If Palestinians Truly Want a State, They Should Build One

The Israeli delegation to the UN organized a reenactment on Tuesday of the historic 1947 vote in which the world body approved the plan to partition Palestine. On Wednesday, the UN General Assembly observed its “international day of solidarity with the Palestinian people”—in which, as Benny Avni puts it, the UN remembers “one of the only consequential decisions [it] ever took by celebrating those who rejected it.” Yet, Avni writes, although recognition from Turtle Bay has become a focus of Palestinian aspirations, it is hardly a sufficient condition for statehood:

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Germany’s Bid to Keep Israel off the UN Security Council

The Jewish state has never held a temporary seat on the United Nations Security Council. For the first 50 years of its existence, it was denied membership in any of the UN’s regional groups, which control candidacies for these rotating seats. Then it was finally admitted to the Western European and Others Group, which promptly agreed to wait another twenty years before approving Jerusalem for a Security Council candidacy. Now, Benny Avni notes, Germany is poised to block action:

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