By Jonathan Cook
"When the Palestinian leadership won their upgrade to non-member observer
status at the United Nations in November, plenty of sceptics on both sides of
the divide questioned what practical benefits would accrue to the Palestinians.
The doubters have not been silenced yet.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has done little to capitalise
on his diplomatic success. There have been vague threats to "isolate" Israel,
hesitant talk of "not ruling out" a referral to the International Criminal
Court, and a low-key declaration by the Palestinian Authority of the new "state