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Good Reads: Is the Palestinians' quest for statehood doomed? (video)

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(Read caption) Palestinian children hold posters of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas during a rally in the village of Azmut near the West Bank city of Nablus, Sunday, Sept. 18. Abbas is set to address the U.N. this week, planning to ask the world to recognize a Palestinian state.

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No single article dominated the front-page headlines this weekend. In America, the papers talk a fair amount about President Barack Obama’s debt-cutting bill. European papers have returned to tut-tutting about International Monetary Fund ex-president Dominique Strauss-Kahn's recent televised admission of a “moral failure” in a dalliance with a New York hotel maid. Mr. Strauss-Kahn, once a potential candidate for the French presidency, was accused of rape by the maid, but those charges were dropped.

About the only issue that all papers did cover was the plan of the Palestinian Authority to seek recognition as a nation-state by the United Nations. Most think the idea is doomed.

In London, the Daily Telegraph hits the issue straight on, focusing on the statement of the Palestinian Authority’s leader Mahmoud Abbas, on arrival this weekend in New York, urging Israel “to recognise the state of Palestine, proving that there can be a two-state solution, and not lose an opportunity for peace."


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