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After Statehood Bid, 'Doomsday'

1 | OCCUPIED TERRITORIES

It's possible to view Palestine's Nov. 29 admission to the U.N. General Assembly as a watershed victory for Israel. By applying for statehood on the basis of the borders that defined Palestinian territory in 1967, the Palestinian leadership implicitly renounced any claim on territory within the borders that defined Israel after it was founded in 1948. Instead, Palestinians settled for just 22% of British-run Palestine on maps after World War I--only the West Bank and Gaza Strip--a statehood premised not on the maximalist demands that fueled Palestinian passions for half a century but...

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