So the Pope has reiterated his call for a Palestinian state, “Pope in West Bank Offers Support to Palestinians” Wall Street Journal, May 14, 2009. Everybody, especially the Israelis, wants a Palestinian state too, except of course for the Palestinians themselves and the wider Arab world in general as well.
There have been many opportunities over the years for the Palestinians to have their own state. After WW1, 1937, 1947, 1967, Oslo all come to mind. Why don’t they have it? Because they want Israel gone, because they view Israel’s presence as an affront to Islam, because they are unwilling to accept Israel’s right to exist and guarantee it’s security, because of all pervasive anti-semitism in their society rooted in religion and myth and because Israel is constantly being attacked and Israeli’s always have to worry about being killed or maimed by Palestinian bombs, rockets, suicide bombers, the survival of their own state and so on.
If Palestinians really want their own state they should put their money where their mouth is, change their beliefs, attitudes and behaviour and allow Israelis to live in peace and security. Until these things happen no one should take them seriously or give any credence to their rhetoric. Until these things happen, a state is out of the question, as it should be.
Israel will accept and welcome a Palestinian state, but only when Palestinians, and the wider arab world in general for that matter, accept and welcome israel.