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Thursday, July 09, 2009

They don't want a state!

Although he still clings to the hope that the 'experts' are wrong, Sever Plocker has apparently awoken to the reality that the 'Palestinians' don't want a state.
In a June 11 New York Review of Books article, written by Hussein Agha and Robert Malley, they two prominent experts argue the following: “Unlike Zionism, for whom statehood was the central objective, the Palestinian fight was primarily about other matters…Today, the idea of Palestinian statehood is alive, but mainly outside of Palestine…A small fraction of Palestinians, mainly members of the Palestinian Authority's elite, saw the point of building state institutions, had an interest in doing so, and went to work. For the majority, this kind of project could not have strayed further from their original political concerns…”

The two experts sum up by arguing that the notion of a Palestinian state is perceived as a foreign import, and as a convenient outlet for foreign elements who interfere with the Palestinian people’s independent wishes. They point to the “transformation of the concept of Palestinian statehood from among the more revolutionary to the more conservative.” Moreover, Agha and Malley argue that in the past, when Yasser Arafat seemingly endorsed the creation of a Palestinian state and even threatened to declare its establishment, he did not adopt an unequivocal stance and did not make his intentions clear. Since Arafat’s death, the notion of statehood lost the remaining popular support it enjoyed.

The message conveyed in the article is greatly commensurate with the argument presented in the new book published by Benny Morris, the leading historian of the Arab-Israeli conflict. The book, titled One State, Two States (Yale University Press, 2009,) details the notion of “two states for two people” starting with the early stages of Zionism and until today. The conclusion is as follows: The Palestinians never adopted the notion of an independent and sovereign Palestinian state existing alongside Israel, regardless of its borders; similarly, the Palestinians have rejected the notion of a joint bi-national state.

After analyzing the official documents of Fatah, the PLO, and the Palestinian Authority, as well as statements made by Palestinian leaders, Professor Morris concludes that from the very beginning, the Palestinian national movement views Palestine as an Arab and Muslim state in its entirety.

Arafat was the only prominent Palesitnian leader who appeared to modify his original position and aspire for the “two-state solution.” In his letter to Yitzhak Rabin dated September 9, 1993, Chairman Arafat recognized the State of Israel’s right to exist in peace and security. However, argues Morris, those were empty words, written solely for the pupose of signing the Oslo Accords.
Read the whole thing. Do the 'Palestinians' want a state? You bet they don't. Life is good now. They want to continue the 'revolution.'


At 8:21 PM, Blogger Andre (Canada) said...

What took them so long?
Even a moron just has to listen to what palestinains say and read their various constitutions to realize that palestinians (if there is such a thing by the way) have one goal and one goal only: the destruction of Israel.
It really is not that complicated!

At 9:07 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

As I said in the previous thread, Israel has gone a long way in accepting Palestinian aspirations. In the same period of time, the Palestinians have never accepted Jewish aspirations.Yes, Arafat accepted Israel as a fact. But he and his successors have never accepted the legitimacy of the Jewish nationalism called Zionism. And the Palestinians to this very day uniformly reject a state if its conditioned upon acceptance of Jewish self-determination and a permanent end to the continuation of the conflict. In short, there will be no Palestinian state since the other side does not want to co-exist with Israel.


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