Israel has been doing a number of things that the General Assembly and the Security Counsel have thought were wrong. Some of them were probably actually as wrong as these bodies thought they were. Some I suspect were not and were a response to pressure from one side or the other during the cold war and to pressure brought about by oil producing countries for reasons that were partly legitimate and were partly a result of other more political factors which might have included pressure internal to those countries on matters involving internal events in those countries.
Israel was not alone in behaving shabbily, and a large part of those resolutions may reflect that.
I have serious doubts that all 193 resolutions reflect a single cause. I doubt that all 193 resolutions even have an Israeli cause.
This is not to say that Israelis can't be jerks, can't be blamed for many things — such as land grabs and provocations. They can be, and I do fault them for many instances of such things.
All 193 resolutions are, however, complaints about single instances, as far as I know. Amplifying this into a single huge complaint against Israel is simply inaccurate. The 193 instances are bad enough without making them into something they are not.
Palestine should be granted Statehood. It is their right. When Palestine was initially partitioned, boundaries were laid out, but were not respected by either the Palestinians nor the Jews. Invasion by arab forces did not help. There was a short, sharp ugly war.
If the Arabs and the Palestinians had won, I personally have questions as to whether there would have been Jews left on the ground to continue the quarrel. Indeed, it might have been possible, but each time the Arabs have invaded the territory, the question has been for the Jews, will there be any Jews left here surviving if we lose.
I am aware of this perception, and so is, I believe, everybody writing here.
If the perception is accurate or not, I do not know; but a large part of the Israelis believe it, and a large part of the Jews in the rest of the world believe it. Whether or not you believe it is another question, I think; relevant, interesting, important — all of these, yes — but probably not decisive for some odd but probably not inexplicable reason.
The Palestinians are a much abused people. They have been wronged not only by the Jews, but also by the Brits, the French and most of the Muslims in the region over the last hundred years or so, going back at least as far as the Sykes-Picot Treaty that divvied up much of the Ottoman territory after World War I.
The Palestinians have a great deal to be angry about, including a great deal of the wrongs they have attributed to the Jews; many of them seem to me to be real. Many of the wrongs the Jews attribute to the Palestinians may be real as well, by the way.
The thing I am trying to get at here is that the Palestinians have not spent a lot of time speaking to the Jews about their intentions in this struggle being other than what the Jews believe them to be. Now the Palestinians may have other notions which they hold privately which suggest that they don't wish to kill the Jews, remove them from the State of Israel or dispose of them in so tidy, long term but non-lethal fashion. If they have such plans, however, neither they nor their friends, nor their allies have confided them to me.
If any of my friends here have knowledge of these plans and they are well publicized and well circulated among the ranks of the Palestinians, I would very much like to know what they are, because I think that such knowledge and the fact that these plans were widely spread and widely acknowledged within the Palestinian community would amount to being a serious game changer as far as the Israelis are concerned.
The Israelis would probably still be stiff necked, and there would probably still be a large number of jerks there, but I suspect that the notion that an agreement would not result in large scale death would make any number people far more reasonable than they are now. This may be simple wishful thinking on my part, of course. And it doesn't mean that I still wouldn't want the Palestinians to have their own country, and that it shouldn't happen now; but it probably would mean that it would be more likely to happen in reality.