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Trouble Ahead For Two-State Solution

Alon Pinkas examines the implications of the Israeli response to the Palestinian UN bid and what Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu might do next to revive hopes for a two-state solution.
A camel grazes on a hill in what is called the E1 area overlooking the Jewish settlement of Maale Adumim near Jerusalem December 1, 2012. An Israeli official said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's conservative government had authorised the construction of 3,000 housing units and ordered preliminary zoning and planning work for thousands of units in Jerusalem and settlement blocs including Maale Adumim and E1. REUTERS/Baz Ratner (WEST BANK - Tags: CIVIL UNREST BUSINESS CONSTRUCTION ANIMALS)

What are the implications of the Palestinians' achieving non-member observer status at the United Nations, and the Israeli response announcing more settlements, including in areas east of Jerusalem delineated in maps as possibly part of a future Palestinian state?

There are two scenarios.  In one word: Nothing. In one acronym: A LOT, meaning A Lot Of Trouble.

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