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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