For the most part, UN resolutions never have any direct impact on the strategies of Israeli and Palestinian decision-makers. However, these votes remain important symbols because they are verbal images, telling other international actors 'who' Canada is and what its values are.
Brent E. Sasley is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Texas at Arlington, where he teaches Middle East and Israeli politics. His most recent article, in the European Journal of International Relations, discusses the impact of emotions on the Israeli decision to sign the 1993 Oslo Accords. He also blogs at Mideast Matrix.
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