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While I am in favor of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, I strongly discourage the United Nations Security Council from considering Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat’s recent suggestion that the UNSC should recognize a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip regardless of and separate from negotiations with Israel. With Hamas ruling the Gaza Strip and murdering members of the Fatah opposition, the Palestinians are incapable of self-government at this time. Furthermore, a unilateral declaration of Palestinian statehood would negate the nearly twenty year peace process between the Israelis and Palestinians.
Furthermore, as Haviv Rettig Gur argues in an analysis published in the Jerusalem Post:
“[N]othing would be solved on the thorny issues that face negotiators, such as Jerusalem, refugees, Palestinian disarmament and borders. These would simply transform from the subject of internationally backed (though not yet started) negotiations between Israel and the PA [Palestinian Authority] to bilateral negotiations between Israel and the state of Palestine. The issues themselves would remain unchanged.”
Therefore, I urge you not to take Erekat’s suggestion seriously for the sake of both sides of the conflict.
Sherman Oaks, CA