This bit of analysis from foreign correspondent Alex Spillius at the UN:
Tony Blair et al are right to say that a resolution at the UN won’t deliver a state to the Palestinians, but that sort of misses the point. The PLO is gambling that a vote at the UN – either in the Security Council or the General Assembly – will increase the pressure on Israel to negotiate the borders of a future Palestine based on lines Israel held before the 1967 war. It is a risk that could back fire if the US
Middle East correspondent Adrian Blomfield offers this analysis:
By turning to the UN, Mr Abbas is challenging US leadership of the peace process and that by internationalising it, his people hope that future talks will be conducted on a more equitable basis.
Ynetnews – Responding to Abbas’ fiery anti-Israel speech, PM Netanyahu tells UN General Assembly Palestinians want state without peace; ‘Israel has extended its hand in peace from the moment it was established,’ he says