It’s becoming less unthinkable by the day and by the hour that Barack Obama will recognize a Palestinian state by Jan. 20, the day he leaves office.
When John Kerry, Obama’s secretary of state, admitted that the U.S. played a role in engineering the U.N. Security Council vote condemning Israel, even to the point of craft the language of the resolution as to rule out a U.S. veto, he signaled near desperation for last-minute action by this administration.
Is it all over? Are they done? Or do they have more up their sleeve?
Could it be that the “smooth transition of power” Obama promised from one administration to the next will actually be a form of “transmutation of power” for perhaps the first time in American history?
Don’t discount it.
If Obama is committed to this path, he doesn’t need a U.N. resolution. He has the power as president to recognize a Palestinian state on whatever territory they claim.