“Palestinians may have to abandon the goal of an independent state if Israel continues to expand Jewish settlements and the United States does not stop it, chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said on Wednesday.”
“It may be time for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to “tell his people the truth, that with the continuation of settlement activities, the two-state solution is no longer an option,” Erekat told a news conference.”
Erakat and Abbas should tell Palestinians the truth all right but the chances of them doing so are non existent.
The truth is a two-state solution is not an option for them now and has never been an option in the past either.
The truth is if Palestinians really wanted their own state they could have had it years ago, after WW1, after 1937, 1947, 1967 and after Oslo, for example.
The truth is the last thing people like Erekat and Abbas want is a two-state solution because that means they will have to recognize and accept Israels legitimacy and right to exist, which is anathema to them and which could in fact get them killed.
The truth is even if a Palestinian state came to life as we speak it would not meet the peoples needs because corruption would be rife, because fighting among various factions (religious and non-religious, progressive and backward, modern and ancient, open and close minded) would mean very high levels of intimidation and violence and constant civil war and because the hatred, ignorance and intolerance that is endemic there preclude it. In other words, business as usual but even more so.
The truth is settlements are nothing more than a red herring and that if they weren’t used as a reason to refrain from negotiating something else would be.
The truth is their real goal is Israels destruction and death, which is why they do everything they can to prevent, obstruct and ruin peace negotiations and why they keep talking about a one-state solution.
The truth is a “one-state solution where Muslims, Christians and Jews can live as equals,” is impossible because Islam doesn’t permit this, nor, among other things, does history and human nature.
And so on and so on.
The truth is a two-state solution is the only option there is because Israel isn’t going anywhere and because the Palestinian community will implode or be destroyed by external forces if that doesn’t happen. The sooner Palestinians acknowledge and understand these facts the sooner they will take the necessary steps to build a civil and civilized society the sooner they will have a state of their own and the sooner there will be peace and prosperity for all. On the other hand, if they allow the future to be like the past, no one will take them seriously, all their protestations will be seen for the meaningless twaddle they are, they will disappear from the world stage and the current state of affairs will be even more entrenched.