It was a victory for Palestinians in the United Nations yesterday, when member countries overwhelmingly voted to upgrade their status and recognize them as a non-member observer state. Despite the leverage Palestinians gain from the action, the victory is bittersweet notes Salman Shaikh, director of the Brookings Doha Center, especially for Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas. There is a feeling, says Shaikh, that the ground beneath Abbas is shifting and the focus is on Hamas.
[F]or Netanyahu, the point isn't so much 'to get to the deal with Palestinians, but to change the parameters and include the Arab states. That would be good for Israel if there is a deal with Palestinians, and it would be good for Israel if there isn't a deal.'