In a series of political charged, rhetorical speeches President Obama of the United States, Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinians and Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu each addressed the United Nations assembly. The hall resounded with each of their rhetorical demonstrations, with the applause of their supporters and the quiet exits of those offended. This was no day for the weak stomached as each leader presented the case of their nation and their desires. The Palestinians push for United Nations acceptance, the United States said it would block if the vote ever came to United Nations Security Council, and Netanyahu maintains his stance seeking to maintain his conservative political backing in Israel.
What is perhaps the most interesting when reading the Palestinian claim to status in the United Nations is the adept use of historical precedence. The United Nations has already recognized various major provisions relating to the Palestinian people, having done so in 1947 and 1988. The international community has already recognized the state in a number of respects. The United Nations Security Council has also issued a number of historic statements and resolutions that include the need for a "two state solution for the Israeli/Palestinian conflict".
It remains to be seen whether, after this weekend break, the United Nations will follow through on the provisions, resolutions and statements issued over the years. Whether the Quartet will succeed in bringing the Israeli's and the Palestinians to the peace table. Perhaps, even bring an end to the conflict that has raged in blood and lives for decades.