Saturday, November 14, 2009

A future Palestinian state

From today's 'Haaretz': "The Palestinian Authority is considering seeking recognition from the United Nations Security Council of a Palestinian state along 1967 lines with East Jerusalem as its capital, senior negotiator Saeb Erekat told Palestinian newspaper Al-Ayyam in a report published Saturday." 

Now, contrary to popular misconception that is hardly going to get Bibi and his boys shiting their pants and, no doubt, we would have them working towards some sort of agreement with the international community whereby there would be some sort of internationally recongised Palestinian de jure sovereignty on the West Bank but de facto the settlements and Israeli sovereignty over them would remain. In other words, there wouldn't be much change from the present status quo.

However, the question must also be asked, what is Mr Erekat talking about? It would appear that in talking about "a Palestinian state along 1967 lines" he has already surrendered a big chunk of Palestine before he even gets to the negotiating table. Of course, Mr Erekat and all Palestinians should be talking about the UN General Assembly Resolution 181 from November 1947 and he should be talking about the right of those Palestinians who were forced out of their homes, wherever those homes were in historical Palestine, to return to them. This right of return is, of curse, also embodied in international law and is given expression in the UN General Assembly Resolution 194 article 11. It would appear that not only have the Zionists managed to move the goalposts but in doing so they really have managed to turn the PA into an accessory to the crime.

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