September 21 will open the General Assembly at the United Nations in New York city.
The Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is set to submit the Palestinians formal application for statehood on September 23.
Barring any 11th hour deal – and it would be a spectacular one – we are going to see Mr. Abbas carry through with his declared intention.
Israel is saying the only way to a peaceful settlement is direct negotiations. The Palestinians say that this has not born fruit but rather time for Israel's continued expantion in the West Bank further reducing the viable Palestinian State.
Israel's government has spent much is trying to dissuade potential votes to the Palestinian cause. Their efforts have produced some measured results – but not enough to discourage the Palestinian Authority from going forward.
Peal away all the political arguments and you still have, quite ironically, the same thing in both camps… Palestinians are divided, not unified – and so is Israel itself.
Admittedly, the Palestinian riff is clearly seen in the division of power as in territory.
Israel's however, is harder to see… but the fact is Israel is more isolated now diplomatically than it has been in a very long time.
This won't be seen on the floor of the UN, but it will be discussed in the rooms behind closed doors.
There have been major shifts in identity and ideology is Israel's political landscape – and many are worried that with all the instability things could get even more complicated.
The parties have always said that any peace deal will be difficult and painful. It has also been said repeatedly that the current situation for both is unsustainable.
Each points his finger at the other, and America as the main mediator has lost the credibility needed to broker a deal.
Thus this upcoming week, will be a historical one… let us pray that it will be a peaceful one.
But realize, this is not the end of it all – (another irony) – it's only the beginning…
Middle East Correspondent