Sixty-five years ago today, the United Nations voted on a partition plan that would have created two states: one Jewish and one Arab. The Jewish people accepted. The Arab world did not, and attacked. That proved to be a terrible setback for Palestinians. In the wars that followed, Israel came to control almost all of the allotted territory.
Today, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is asking for a “do-over” of sorts. He wants Palestine to be recognized as a “nonmember” state at the United Nations. It is a foregone conclusion that his resolution will pass overwhelmingly. The vast majority of countries in the world support it, including France, Russia, and China. There is no veto in the General Assembly, so the United States can’t prevent the resolution from passing.