The paper argues that whether or not Palestine fulfills the prerequisite criteria to be admitted as a U.N. member state depends also on the legal perspective.
The ice having broken so suddenly, we resolved to think about a Resolution which both Israelis and Palestinians could put to the Security Council as their Joint Proposal.
The critical issue examined in this Article is whether a group of monitors explicitly created to hold governments to account can be subjected to a strong accountability regime controlled by those same governments, without destroying the independence that is considered to be the system’s hallmark.
One point undergirds much of what follows and is therefore worth emphasizing
up front. In the article, I describe the extent and devastating impact of human rights
violations by U.N. peacekeepers. These violations are, of course, the central focus of
the debate at hand. Preventing such wrongdoing and providing appropriate remedy
when it occurs must be our guiding objectives. However, these violations must be
considered in context.