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Dagens Nyheter - Sweden | Wednesday, November 28, 2012

New status for Palestine no solution

The President of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas will apply for the position of non-member "observer state" for Palestine at the UN General Assembly on Thursday. This would mean the Palestinians would for the first time attain the official status of a state. But this new status would hardly contribute to resolving the conflict in the Middle East, the liberal daily Dagens Nyheter notes: "The political division between the one-party rule of Hamas in Gaza and Abbas' fragile regime in the West Bank is a major obstacle on the path to a true Palestinian state. … The complex problems cannot be resolved by the UN, but only by the parties themselves. Sensible compromises on both sides are necessary, and the United States must finally get more involved here. … The best thing would be if the Israelis themselves had submitted an application - as an invitation to initiate new talks. If Israel wants to live in peace and security it must guarantee that the Palestinians are granted the right to their own, viable state."

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