The Associated Press reported late Tuesday broke that Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas had launched a “surprise move” to go to a range of United Nations bodies requesting membership for the “State of Palestine.” The AP noted that the declaration came “despite a promise to suspend such efforts during nine months of negotiations with Israel.”
Abbas’s gambit was immediately and widely interpreted as putting the U.S.-backed peace process on life support. Skeptics cited long-standing predictions that the Palestinians would - after several prisoner releases conducted by the Israelis as goodwill gestures - pocket the gains and then resume attacking Jerusalem in international forums.
Meanwhile analysts brushed off old publications emphasizing that Palestinian moves to march through UN institutions likely violated their Oslo Accord obligations.
These issues and others are set to become prominent should the Palestinians make good on Abbas’s Tuesday pledge.
Listen in as The Israel Project hosts an on-record conference call with former Israeli MK Einat Wilf. Dr. Wilf will discuss the likely short- and long-term effects of Tuesday’s events.
About The Speaker
Dr. Einat Wilf, a Senior Fellow with the Jewish People Policy Institute and an Adjunct Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, was Chair of the Education, Sports and Culture Committee, Chair of the Knesset Sub-Committee for Israel and the Jewish People, and Member of the influential Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee in the 18th Knesset.
Previously, Dr. Wilf served as Foreign Policy Advisor to Vice Prime Minister Shimon Peres and a strategic consultant with McKinsey & Company.
Born and raised in Israel, Dr. Wilf served as an Intelligence Officer in the Israel Defense Forces.
Dr. Wilf is the author of three books that explore key issues in Israeli society. Her first book, “My Israel, Our Generation”, is about Israel’s past and future from the perspective of the younger generation. Her second book, “Back to Basics: How to Save Israeli Education (at no additional cost)“, offers a detailed and feasible policy proposal for improving Israel’s education system. Her third and recent book, “It’s NOT the Electoral System, Stupid” demonstrates through comparative analysis why Israel’s electoral system is no worse than those of other democracies and therefore should not be changed.
Dr. Wilf has a BA in Government and Fine Arts from Harvard University, an MBA from INSEAD in France, and a PhD in Political Science from the University of Cambridge.