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Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Fayyad: A unilateral declaration of statehood is a pipe dream

'Palestinian Prime Minister' Salam Fayyad, who for the last year has been telling us that he's going to unilaterally declare a state reichlet in August 2011, has finally realized that's not going to happen.
Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad has ruled out any unilateral declaration of Palestinian statehood.

“There is not going to be a unilateral declaration of statehood,” Fayyad told The Media Line during a private meeting in his office. “What’s the point? We did that in 1988, and what did it get us?”

The statement was a public rejection of increasing calls from minority Palestinian factions to recalibrate the Palestinian struggle away from a two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and towards a shared, bi-national, secular and democratic state.

“The Palestinians have used this as a sort of whip to say if we do not move ahead towards the two-state solution, then we will move ahead towards a one-state solution and everything will be lost for Israel by sheer force of democracy,” Dr. Shmuel Bar, Director of Studies at the Institute of Policy and Strategy at IDC Herzliya told The Media Line.

“The narrative of ‘Palestine from the river to the sea’ has always been popular among Palestinians, so when you have a public opinion poll as to whether they would prefer a one-state solution or a two-state solution, you will see a lot prefer a one-state solution. But it’s just part of the old vision of liberating all of Palestine and doesn’t have an effect on actual political decision-making.”
This seems to be a rejection of the Kosovo option as well, and if so, that's really good news.

Read the whole thing.


At 10:28 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

The Palestinians are not really prepared for independence. They have no functioning economy, no government with a mandate to make peace with Israel and they won't ever get a state that is truly contiguous. And lastly, the last thing on earth they want to do is give up their victimhood status.


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