On Capitol Hill yesterday, members of congress were weighing their response. What emerged were two proposed pieces of legislation that could punish the Palestinians--and even the UN--for yesterday's vote.
An upgrade from Palestine's current status at the United Nations will change next to nothing about Palestine's relationship with the United Nations, neither will it move the International Criminal Court.
Later this month, the Palestinians will ask the UN General Assembly to upgrade their status at the United Nations to become a non-member observer state. This would put them on the same membership level as the Vatican. It would not change very much about how the UN operates.
The Palestinian Authority is making waves at the United Nations over its status for the second year in a row. The Palestinians may opt to bypass the U.N. Security Council entirely, taking its claim to the General Assembly's 193 Member States.
UN Week is here. Soon, world leaders will descend on Turtle Bay for the annual ritual of speeches, press conferences and back-room wheeling and dealing. Here are the top five stories on the agenda this week in New York. They are ordered not in terms of importance, but in descending order of likely media interest.