URI AVNERY – The Palestinians are planning something thoroughly obnoxious: they intend to apply to the UN for statehood. Why obnoxious? Any Israeli spokesman (not to mention spokeswoman) will tell you readily: because it is a â€œunilateralâ€ move. How dare they proclaim a state unilaterally? How dare they do so without the consent of the other party to the conflict – us?