Tuesday, April 3, 2012

The Palestinians Are Not Closer to Having a State

By Hasan Afif El-Hasan

Palestine Chronicle

"Nineteen years after the signing of Oslo agreements that laid the ground for the establishment of the Palestinian Authority (PA) and for negotiations to resolve the conflict, the time has come to sum up what has been accomplished based on the facts as they are on the ground rather than they ought to be......

The path the PA chose since Oslo has not led to Palestinian independence and it has weakened the Palestinian national movement. The PA does not govern its own territory, and became for all intents and purposes the administrator of an Israeli protectorate while Israel carries on with ethnic cleansing of Jerusalem, colonizing the West Bank and enforcing the criminal blockade on Gaza....

The Jewish-ethno-security regime today rules all historical Palestine from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean as a single state. Its security is based on the military superiority that controls the Palestinian majority and maintains its Jewish identity. Such a rule cannot and must not last even if the donor countries keep financing it; and if the two-state model is already dead, then the Palestinians must demand the only option left, a single democratic state where Jews and Palestinians can live as citizens with equal rights and obligations."

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