When Palestine requests nonmember state status at the U.N. in November, I ask that the United States boldly offers its approval and support.
The Palestinian people have languished under the harsh reality of occupation for many decades. After countless rounds of negotiations and agreements, no peaceful two-state resolution has been reached. Many longtime observers of the conflict question if the peace process even exists today. Indeed, in the eyes of many, it is dead.
Instead of further hindering the peace process, recognizing Palestine as a nonmember state could revitalize peace negotiations by sending the signal that the status quo no longer is acceptable.
If this conflict is ever to be solved, visionary leaders who are willing to look beyond the stagnant reality must emerge.
Douglas A. Field