The Palestinian Search for Statehood

Think about this end run the Palestinians are trying to pull: become recognized as a legitimate country and government but without signing a contract with Israel to ensure they have peace and are borders. That is the essence of what they are trying to do in the UN. Why deal with Israel and have an agreement if they can avoid it and become recognized by the UN body of nations.

It was sixty-four years ago in 1947 on Nov. 29, that the UN voted to partition the British controlled Palestine into two states, an Arab and Jewish. It was thought they would live side by side with little problems. What exactly is the problem???

The Jews accepted the accord, yet, even then, the Palestinians did not along with five other Arab countries that then proceeded to start another war (you would think that after WW2, everyone would be sick of it) in an attempt to destroy the Jews in Israel. My, how we forget. Israel accepted the accord. Yet, the Arabs did not.

After several more Mideast wars and 46 years later, in 1993, the issue had another chance for resolution for a two state accord. The Oslo Accords. The Israelis produced two peace proposals in 2000 and 2008. These should have satisfied all of the Palestinians demands for statehood which included lands Israeli won from the 1967 war-the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem.

Yet, to the shock of all, Yasser Arafat, rejected the 2000 one and Mr. Abbas, the 2008 one. Both rejected on the same damn thing that it was rejected in 1947: the Palestinians would have to accept the Jewish state of Israel. What is wrong with these people? Why shouldn't Israel also have a State? The Palestinians really need to get over this. Israel will be there, whether they like it or not. End of story.

Between the peace accords, both sides lost their tempers and provoked one another with minor violence and military actions. In 2005, Israel uprooted all the settlements from the Gaza, what did the Palestinians do? They allowed the pro-Iranian Hamas to take control which then sent thousands of rockets into Israel just to cause mayhem.

Mr. Abbas needs his head examined and a reality check. Israel tried to get him to talk about the same old shit, yet like the old man he is, he refused. Israel then removed many of the checkpoints between Gaza and Israel allowing for commerce between the two. Then, Israel stopped building on the West Bank for 10 months. All these actions were to get the Palestinians to the table to talk.

Hmmm. Well, they did, sort of. In the past 2.5 years, Mr. Abbas has negotiated with Israel a total of six hours, yet refused to talk about the needs of Israel security. What does this sound like to you? It sounds like the Palestinians just want it their way and only their way. Mr.Abbas is playing a game. He hopes the UN will just issue an announcement to the world that now there is a a State of Palestine, which happens to be next to the State of Israel.

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MG Singh 5 years ago from Singapore

The Arabs will not accept a peace settlement, because they just want the Israeli state to evaporate into thin air. A lot of this has to do with the philosophy of Islam, which does not believe in co existence.


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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

"that the UN voted to partition the British controlled Palestine into two states, an Arab and Jewish" - That is the core issue of the problem Mr. Perrya: the British controlled Palestine! Can you think about that sentence please? "The British" government controlled Palestine.

What that means is that one country, controlled another country. Do you see anything wrong with that statement? I do.

That is the first big problem I see. The second problem I see, is that as you very well mentioned, "UN voted to partition" Palestine. How would you feel, if the UN decided to partition California and give us (the Canadians) a part of it? I would enjoy visiting it without the hassle of crossing the border ...

You see, if we go back far enough in history, we see how ridiculous the entire situation is. The problem arouse, when Great Britain decided to cut-out Palestinian land and create a new country: Israel.

At this point though, I think it is wise to recognize that Israel is indeed a country but at the same time we need to recognize that Palestinians have been left without one ... so, let's leave the antagonism of history behind (because there is lots of blame to go around for everyone) and agree that Palestinians and Jews need a country of their own. Israel exists as an independent country - let's work for the existence of Palestine once again too.

If we keep hating, blood will keep flowing. It is up to us, really.

All the best!


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perrya 5 years ago Author

Mr. Abbas has agreed not to negotiate now because his popularity is growing and any talks must now be about pre-1967 borders, not post 1967.


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m76gmm 5 years ago

If someone who do not know in history that much reading this ,,, yes he will be sad for the fact Israeli's not getting security because of the barbarian Arabic Palestinians.

Follow the history, a whole country with a people living on it for thousands of years was unlawfully given to people who are only claiming that they been existed on the same land about 2000 years ago, and imagine that - they existed their for only several tens of years after defeating the original people of the land.

Its really amazing how the human understanding can be !!!

Mr. Perrya, in 1948 and 1976, 100's thousands of Palestinian people were expelled from their Palestinian cities into neighboring countries and they still living in these countries in most situations without even an identity, a passport to travel. Do u think that these who now excedes a 5 million Palestinian would forget their original land that was tacken by force from them?

Well, if u were in the same situation will u forget??

When Abbas and Hamas is not negotiating, this because his people do not want this because of the occupation, and this their democratic right.

West bank which ment to be the dream Palestinian state is now mostly full of settlements, at the time that the Palestinian land occupied in 1948 are nearly got heaps of empty land. Have u ever asked ur self why Israelis concentrating on building settlements in westbank? The logic is if they r negotiating to give this land to Palestinian neighbours, is not to fill with settlers and settlements and changing the demography on ground. Unfortunately they do not want peace.

If the Palestinian state approved, do u know that all of its borders are bounded by Israeli land,,, and they are not allowed to construct an army. they also can't control their own air field as well sea. Do u know that If Israelis allowed this from several years ago, their wont be that sort clashes and wars in the last years. Do u know that their were a great environment of peace and peaceful life in whole Palestinian land in the time after the formation the palestinian authority and till it came to the time when Sharon entered the Al-qsa Mosque by force and caused the Second Intifada to rise-up which leaded to gets every thing to ground in Palestinian cities by the Israeli tanks.

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