In addition to this week’s news, you’ll learn why a 2-state solution in Israel may never be realized.
IT’S NEWS TO ME
|TURKISH SOLDIERS STAND ON TOP OF TANKS NEAR THE TURKISH-SYRIAN BORDER IN SANLIURFA PROVINCE, TURKEY, OCTOBER 15, 2019. (PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS,MURAD SEZER)|
SETTING OUR MINDS ON THINGS ABOVE
The Non-Existent Palestine
I’m so glad we have a president who stands up to the UN (see first article above.) Its mischief has been going on way too long. For years, the U.N. General Assembly has come close to voting for collective recognition of a Palestinian state, but which one? The situation is such a mess that there are now three separate “Palestinian State” entities that must be sorted out. Of these three, the first two are real and could possibly meet the requirements for statehood. The first is Hamas-controlled Gaza. The second is the Fatah-controlled West Bank. The third could best be described as “imaginary.” It consists of Gaza, the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and all the other parts of mandatory Palestine that were under Jordanian and Egyptian control before 1967. This is the one the assembly will likely endorse.
The 1933 Montevideo Convention on the Rights and Duties of States (the prevailing legal standard),requires that a “state as a person of international law should possess the following qualifications: a) a permanent population; b) a defined territory; c) government; and d) capacity to enter into relations with the other states.”
In Gaza, Hamas controls a permanent population in a defined territory (i.e., Gaza within the armistice lines of 1949). Gaza has a functioning government (of sorts), and has international relations with a large number of states. Gaza alone is not and will never be on the table for statehood. Hamas wants all of Israel, not just tiny Gaza.
The Fatah-controlled West Bank could also meet the legal requirements for statehood, and it would have more international support. It has a functioning government in the Palestinian Authority (PA), a permanent population, and international relations with a very large number of states. It also controls a defined territory. Like Gaza, the West Bank alone is not and will never be on the table for statehood. It, too, is not enough.
The big problem here is that a “current Palestinian entity” which has been and will be considered for statehood doesn’t exist and fails to meet any of the requirements for statehood. Who would emerge as president is up for grabs. Despite the so-called unity agreements that have surfaced over the years, Hamas and Fatah haven’t gotten beyond their differences. Fatah’s Mahmoud Abbas has presented himself as the president of the Palestine that has previously requested statehood at the U.N., but Hamas has had the law on its side in refusing to recognize him as President. So much for having a functioning government.
Finally, the Palestine the General Assembly will likely recognize someday will probably be unable to hold presidential or legislative elections as required by Article 47 of its Basic Law simply because the rival Palestinian rulers, each for their own reasons, will not allow them to happen.
ON THE LIGHTER SIDE
Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm.
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