The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is no stranger to unilateral acts by either side. These acts have provided the sides a sense of quick victory, though a hollow one, and a sense of instant gratification. Nevertheless, seldom has unilateralism had any positive contribution towards bringing the sides any closer to a long lasting resolution of the conflict. It is only to be expected that the collapse of the American led peace negotiations last April and the summer war in Gaza, would result in further friction, constant and mutual accusations, and inevitably further unilateral actions. The current deadlock leaves the Palestinians in a vulnerable position, almost forgotten due to other international developments, and a general fatigue from a conflict which stubbornly persists. Fighting ISIS in Iraq and Syria, containing Russia in the Ukraine, and negotiating an agreement with Iran on its nuclear program, pushed the plight of the Palestinian people living under Israeli occupation to the margins of the international agenda. The Palestinian Authority’s signing of the Rome Statute, hence paving its way to become a member of the International Criminal Court (ICC), and the decision to suspend security co-ordination with Israel aims at breaking this intolerable impasse and the danger of side-lining the Palestinian issue.
The ultimate achievement for the Palestinians would have been a recognition of Palestine as a full member of the United NationsYossi Mekelberg