Palestinian State Without Final Status Agreement Recipe
Dr. Aaron Lerner
Who would gain from the creation of a sovereign Palestinian state before an
agreement is reached on final status issues?
President Shimon Peres has claimed that this will somehow promote peace and
stability, but he doesn't offer much substance to his argument beyond a best
case assumption that things will be so good for the Palestinians when they
have a sovereign state that they will bend over backwards to behave
This is a pretty insulting take on the will and determination of the
Palestinians to achieve their aspirations.
It doesn't require much imagination to come up with a Palestinian plan of
action to exploit Palestinian sovereignty to facilitate increasing security
and other pressures against the Jewish State.
And this with most of the world "understanding" if not downright accepting
and even applauding the argument that the Palestinians had every right to
continue with their "struggle against the occupation" given that final
borders and other key issues had yet to be agreed upon.
Israel's enemies would come to the aid of sovereign Palestine on a scale
magnitudes greater than current clandestine operations.
Israel's friends would counsel the Jewish State to show more "flexibility"
and accept various Palestinian demands, in order to bring peace, arguing
that "after going so far and making so much "progress" (aka concessions) it
would be irresponsible for Israel to jeopardize this by taking a "hard
All this while Israeli security operations would be subject to even greater
international review, criticism and even sanctions as they are carried out
within sovereign Palestine.
And let's not forget that a sovereign state is a sovereign state even if it
should violate the conditions under which it was formed.
Those suggesting that we conclude the remaining six months of talks with a
sovereign Palestinian state in "temporary border" and with issues still on
the table are more like anarchists than diplomats.
And the last thing we need in this region is to add to its instability.
Dr. Aaron Lerner, Director IMRA (Independent Media Review & Analysis)
(Mail POB 982 Kfar Sava)
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