Non-member observer state: the Vatican's status at the UN.Non-member observer status: that is what the Palestinian Authority is asking of the UN General Assembly. And why not? One of the first acts of the re-elected Obama Administration would be--to do nothing. Let it happen. Will they?There are objections, and retaliation is promised if the PA goes ahead. Haaretz reports on the objections and the promised retaliation (more settlements among other threats).

Margaret O’Brien Steinfels is a former editor of Commonweal. 

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