MARY LOUISE KELLY, Host:
Israeli officials say that dealing with the conflict at the U.N. would undermine the peace process, though there's very little left of the peace process these days. Sheera Frenkel reports on how the Palestinians are pushing their cause by taking a page from Israeli history.
SHEERA FRENKEL: This video stream of an E.U. press conference in Brussels was closely monitored at Israel's government offices in Jerusalem. Catherine Ashton, the E.U.'s high representative, was speaking about a report that shows ways in which the Palestinians have made progress towards statehood.
LOUISE KELLY: The Palestinian Authority has made significant progress. Today, Palestinian institutions compare favorably with those in established states.
FRENKEL: Danny Ayalon is Israel's deputy foreign minister. He repeatedly uses the word unfortunate when he talks about the Palestinians' decision to take the issue to the U.N.
LOUISE KELLY: I think that their unilateral approach is very unfortunate. I don't think it is a service for the national interests of the Palestinians.
FRENKEL: But Ayalon argues that by taking the vote to the U.N. the Palestinians will put an end to the decades-long peace process.
LOUISE KELLY: A unilateral approach, and certainly, their formal request of the United Nations, will mean the end of the peace process. I think it will be a blow to the international community's efforts, to the Quartet, to the American leadership. I believe it will also further destabilize the situation.
FRENKEL: But Palestinian officials argue that a vote by the U.N. will help rather than hinder peace talks.
LOUISE KELLY: I believe that negotiating in that status would be much more fruitful than the situation we are in right now. But when two states negotiate there would be more equality in addressing the issues.
FRENKEL: That's Dimitri Diliani, a Palestinian council member who's involved in preparing the resolution for the U.N. He says a similar General Assembly resolution recognized Israeli statehood in 1947.
LOUISE KELLY: Israel used similar process. The State of Palestine is, by any means, necessary. And I believe that there is nothing wrong to learn from our adversaries. They were good at something? We'll learn from them.
FRENKEL: For NPR News, I'm Sheera Frenkel in Jerusalem.
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