And, from time to time, we have all too grim reminders enough of the reality.
. . . The Islamic Resistance [= HAMAS, an Arabic acronym] Movement aspires to implement Allah's promise, whatever time that may take. The Prophet, Allah bless him and grant him salvation, has said: "The Day of Judgment will not come about until the Muslims will fight the Jews (and kill them), until the Jews hide behind rocks and trees, which will cry: Oh Muslim! Oh Abdullah! [= servant/slave of Allah, a common Muslim name], there is a Jew behind me, come on and kill him. Only the Gharqad tree would not do that because it is one of the trees of the Jews."
Neither a unilateral Palestinian declaration of statehood nor a politicised move in the UN will actually resolve any of the core issues of the conflict.
A General Assembly resolution alone cannot legally decide the issue of Palestinian statehood or borders, security arrangements, the status of Jerusalem, issues concerning Palestinian and Jewish refugees and the allocation of vital water resources.
Trying to impose a solution acceptable to only one party will raise, and then dash, expectations and deepen rather than help to resolve the conflict.
In their unilateral design for statehood, the Palestinian leadership confirm their rejection of direct negotiation, preferring to force a "solution" on Israel through international pressure.
The Palestinian Authority admits these manoeuvrings are a deliberate confrontation designed to isolate Israel and undermine its legitimacy. In the words of the President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, "Palestine's admission to the UN would pave the way for the internationalisation of the conflict as a legal matter. It would also pave the way for us to pursue claims against Israel at the UN."
It is therefore obvious that peace is not the Palestinians' goal. Their unilateral declaration would be exploited to launch a new frontier of war against Israel.
Palestinian "lawfare" against Israel can only fan the fires of conflict . . .