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The Two Essential Questions Regarding Palestinian Statehood
Pajamas Media ^ | December 28, 2010 | Moshe Dann

Posted on 12/28/2010 3:23:24 PM PST by Kaslin

Will it be a force for peace and stability? What do Palestinian leaders really want?

When the PLO was founded in 1964, “liberation” included all of Israel. In 1974, the UN granted the PLO non-state diplomatic status; its mission was, and is, to “liberate Palestine.” All of it. That goal has not changed.

In 1988, when the Palestine National Council on behalf of the PLO — “the sole representative of the Palestinian people” — declared a state of Palestine, they referred to UN Resolution 181 (passed in 1947) which suggested a division of British Mandate Palestine. Arabs had refused to recognize Israel then, and still do.

Palestinian leaders say that they recognize the fact of Israel’s existence, but not its right to exist as a sovereign Jewish state; they reject not only the idea of Jewish nationalism but its historical, ideological, and legal basis. This is explicit in the PLO and Hamas charters and the “temporary Basic Law” of the Palestinian Authority, which affirms “the national and historical rights of the Palestinian people” according to the PLO.

In 1993, Yassir Arafat agreed to recognize Israel as part of the Oslo Accords, supposedly meaning the armistice lines of 1949 — at least temporarily. When the PA was established in 1994 to represent Palestinians in Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) and the Gaza Strip and to administer areas under their control, the premise was that Palestinian leaders accepted Israel as a legitimate partner. Time has revealed this to be a ploy. The PLO, which represents Palestinians at the UN and foreign missions, never ratified the Oslo Accords, the Declaration of Principles (DOP), or any other agreements which included recognition of Israel.

The DOP was not a peace treaty, but an agreement to work towards a final end-of-conflict solution and establish the Palestinian Authority. Who, then, is in control now, and who will be in control in the future?

Advocates of statehood — entranced by new building projects, improved quality of life, and the rhetoric of “ending the occupation” — don’t talk about the obligations and risks that sovereign independence entails. Despite rosy depictions, basic Palestinian institutions — security, judicial, educational, and environmental – don’t function adequately, or properly. Weak and fragile, this infrastructure could easily collapse, inviting regional implosion and chaos. PA courts are a farce. PA schools have failed. The PA has refused to cooperate with Israel to build sewage and water-treatment facilities. The PA economy is dependent on massive amount of foreign aid.

Without incursions into PA-controlled areas to arrest terrorists and to build roadblocks and checkpoints to stop would-be attackers, Israelis would face another bloodbath.

Ignoring reality led to the rise of Hamas and its capture of the Gaza Strip, the rise of Hezbollah and its dominance in Lebanon, and threats from Iran. Continuing along that path seems suicidal.

The Palestinian leadership is not ready for statehood, unwilling to make peace with Israel, and fragmented among warring groups. This is not a healthy basis for the future of Arabs or Israelis. Palestinian demands for statehood, therefore, are not only premature, they are immature. It’s like putting an accident-prone driver behind the wheel and hoping for the best.

Palestinian leaders have an extensive record of irresponsibility, incitement, and terrorism. Divided between the West Bank and Gaza, rife with corruption and mismanagement, the Palestinian Authority is unable to function wisely or effectively. Missiles continue to rain on Israel, anti-Jewish incitement is common, and terrorist attacks are a constant menace. Putting a country into their hands invites disaster.

Why then advocate what is likely to become catastrophic? Would a Palestinian state provide greater security for Israel or the region? Just as the U.S. would not (or should not) tolerate Russian, Iranian, or North Korean missiles in Cuba or Venezuela, how can it expect Israel to tolerate a far greater danger at closer range?

Is a Palestinian state of higher priority than Israel’s existence?

These are the core issues and critical questions. Not settlements. Not borders. Not “refugees.” And not Jerusalem. Palestinian statehood is not an answer; rather, it raises difficult questions: is it worth the risk, and what will be its unintended consequences?

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Israel

1 posted on 12/28/2010 3:23:26 PM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

I think most of us call the Palestinian nation JORDAN.


2 posted on 12/28/2010 3:32:18 PM PST by GeronL (#7 top poster at CC, friend to all, nicest guy ever, +96/-14, ignored by 1 sockpuppet.. oh & BANNED)
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To: GeronL; Kaslin
I think most of us call the Palestinian nation JORDAN.

Thank you. Arab palestine is Jordan. Jewish palestine is Israel.

The "two state solution" has existed for sixty years now.

Israel may as well stop worrying about whether nor not PLO can be induced to want peace. First, because PLO exists for the sole purpose of making war. They have no interest in being mayors of crummy towns in a crummy territory. Their reason for being is war.

But, secondly, in a larger sense, war is coming and soon. Syria and Iran and Hezbollah all seem to be moving toward open war. I believe they will not wait long before trying again. Israel needs to be focused on getting ready for the war that is coming. Forget the PLO; they are cats paws for the real war.

3 posted on 12/28/2010 3:42:48 PM PST by marron
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To: Kaslin

A third question: What have they done that is a benefit to the world to justify becoming their own country?

4 posted on 12/28/2010 4:04:28 PM PST by RC2
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To: Kaslin

The Palestinians do not necessarily want a Palestinian state, what they want is NO JEWISH STATE.

5 posted on 12/28/2010 4:07:42 PM PST by reg45
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6 posted on 12/28/2010 5:24:30 PM PST by SJackson (In wine there is wisdom, In beer there is freedom, In water there is bacteria.)
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To: RC2

Pfft! Before we get to that, is there any evidence that they can take care of the basic functions of a state?

As it stands now, they may be the first true welfare state, in that virtually every penny of their treasury comes from foreign aid and “donations.”

7 posted on 12/28/2010 5:31:15 PM PST by NYC GOP Chick
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To: NYC GOP Chick

Exactly what I was getting at. Nobody wants those people and the rest of the Middle East is using them to do their dirty work. It’s best to disband them and leave them on their own.

8 posted on 12/28/2010 7:15:34 PM PST by RC2
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To: RC2
It’s best to disband them and leave them on their own.

Or send them back to the countries from which they originally came.

9 posted on 12/28/2010 7:57:33 PM PST by NYC GOP Chick
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To: Kaslin

I’ve decided hetetofore on this day of whatever day this is to call all alleged arab scrubs squatters that adopted the name Palistenian in 1964 as apropaganda plyy to call all people who live in Gaza or Samaria/West Bank, arab squatter scrubs from henceforth to the endof their beliigerent hatred toward Jews and America, so STUFF IT scrub wacko wana bes, you had your chances, you were lied to quit crying and fight the ones who made you homeless, namely other arab scrubs.

10 posted on 12/28/2010 8:10:18 PM PST by Karliner (Now this is not the end. .... But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning, Churchill 1942)
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To: Kaslin
It’s like putting an accident-prone driver behind the wheel and hoping for the best.

While overall I agree with the article, that sentence is indicative of its understatement. Actually, it's like putting a suicide bomber behind the wheel and hoping for the best.

11 posted on 12/28/2010 9:08:10 PM PST by EternalVigilance (I'm not a Democrat. I'm not a Republican. I'm a Christian and an American.)
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To: NYC GOP Chick

Well, the egyptian went back to Hell.

12 posted on 12/28/2010 9:45:30 PM PST by Ready4Freddy (I fight gangs for local charities and stuff.)
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To: Ready4Freddy

Yes, he did. Unfortunately, it was a few decades too late.

13 posted on 12/29/2010 7:54:23 AM PST by NYC GOP Chick
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To: Kaslin

And of course.. Who will be the leader of ‘palestine’?
Abbas or Hamas.

14 posted on 12/29/2010 10:38:34 AM PST by abu afak (Mellita, domi adsum)
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