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The Palestinian State --- To Be Or To Be By Ghassan Kadi Sept 2011

The Palestinian State --- To Be Or To Be

September 19, 2011
By Ghassan Kadi
There are many calls for the Palestinian state and many others against it, and I am not talking about the calls coming against it from the Israeli camp; I am talking about those calls coming from some Palestinians and their supporters.
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According to my personal views, this is how I would describe my dream resolution for the Palestinian issue; a state, one state, that has Arabs and Jews living together under one law that gives equal rights to all and the right of return to all refugees.
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Some may have different visions. Some may have more radical views, and some may believe that a two-state solution is the best one.
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Irrespective, knowing that any such vision/dream will not happen, at least not now, at least in one step, personally, I do not see any reason as to why some people are so adamant against interim solutions.
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Let us get real, no agreement is permanent and anything can be reviewed and changed. On this basis, I do not see any harm in getting statehood even if it only provides tiny relief to only very small issues.
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In fact, there is no harm at all in the statehood even if does not provide any relief at all. At least, it can be regarded as an international score against Israel.
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I am not an expert in international law and quite honestly do not understand the full ramifications of this proposed statehood, but in any which way I look at it, I see in a challenge to the current Israeli status quo.
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Instead of Palestinians and their supporters bickering with each other and exchanging insults and accusations, they should be united by the bigger picture and never stop working on the common grounds that unite them.
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If statehood is approved as proposed, it will definitely not be enough to provide justice for Palestinians. But what is wrong in some interim political scoring? Rome, as they say, was not built in one day, and it is a long road from the time we learn ABC to a PhD. The road to justice in Palestine cannot happen in one hit. Like everything else in life, it has to be gradual.
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Time is not on Israel’s side. Israel peaked just after the infamous six-day war of 1967. In more ways than one, Israel is still paying for the price of that military victory.
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Since June 1967, Israel has been going through a gradual decline at all levels. Its politicians however have their minds still stuck in that moment of military euphoria. They can think as they wish, but time will eventually show them that they have lost the momentum. A Palestinian state, small and insignificant as it may be, will be another blow to the arrogance of Israel.
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Last but not least, a US veto in the UNSC will further isolate America politically from the region and make it harder for it to broker any future deal.
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The proposed statehood cannot be a final and permanent “deal” that will either give Palestinians their final just outcome, nor will it be the final and permanent blow that will reduce their cause to nothing and prevent them from seeking further rights. It is not a to-be-or-not-to-be situation.
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I am prepared to debate this subject and we all should be. Let us not call each others traitors and/or radicals. Let us stay united.

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