What does Pales­tine’s UN bid for state­hood mean?

AR­TI­CLE IN BRIEF: Pales­tine’s bid for state­hood via the UN faces op­po­si­tion on sev­eral fronts, most sig­nif­i­cantly by the US -- which can re­ject the ap­pli­ca­tion at the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil. What is the sig­nif­i­cance of the lat­est phase in Pales­tine’s amb­tion

Turkish Review - - CONTENTS - By Berdal Aral

Fol­low­ing in­ces­sant rounds of both con­flict and di­a­logue in the wake of the 1948 cre­ation of the Is­raeli state, the Pales­tini­ans’ pa­tience is on the verge of run­ning out, and they re­cently called a halt -- for now -to the ne­go­ti­a­tion process, or “peace process,” with Is­rael. They seem to have raised their hopes for the cre­ation of an in­de­pen­dent Pales­tine through mem­ber­ship in the United Na­tions. Mean­while it ap­pears that what Is­rael un­der­stands by peace process does not in­clude a “sus­tain­able” Pales­tinian state that would bring some mea­sure of peace to the Pales­tinian peo­ple.

The so-called peace process, ini­ti­ated in 1993 be­tween Is­rael and Pales­tine to iden­tify the fi­nal sta­tus of Pales­tine, has pro­duced noth­ing ben­e­fi­cial for the Pales­tinian peo­ple for the last 18 years -- dur­ing which Is­rael has con­tin­ued to rely on state ter­ror, an eth­nic cleans­ing strat­egy against the Pales­tinian peo­ple, and the de­struc­tion of the ad­min­is­tra­tive and eco­nomic in­fra­struc­ture of Pales­tine . Fur­ther­more, dur­ing this pe­riod Is­rael has also built new set­tle­ments in the oc­cu­pied lands, in­clud­ing East Jerusalem and the West Bank, and moved more than 500,000 Is­raelis to th­ese set­tle­ments. It could be said that be­cause of the uni­lat­eral breaches of the Dec­la­ra­tion of Prin­ci­ples on In­terim Self-Gov­ern­ment Ar­range­ments (also termed the Oslo Ac­cords) signed in 1993, the said mech­a­nisms ceased to be valid ref­er­ences be­tween Is­rael and Pales­tine. Is­rael has used the Oslo peace process to cre­ate a broader sphere of ac­tion in for­eign pol­icy and gain greater le­git­i­macy in the in­ter­na­tional arena. If this state of af­fairs con­tin­ues, there will be noth­ing left of the his­tor­i­cal Pales­tine ex­cept small, dis­con­nected ar­eas like Gaza. Thus one would have to be ex­tremely naïve to ac­tu­ally be­lieve Is­rael is pur­su­ing real peace with the Pales­tinian peo­ple. So long to the peace process then…

The strat­egy the ad­min­is­tra­tion headed by Mah­moud Ab­bas, Pales­tinian Lib­er­a­tion Or­ga­ni­za­tion (PLO) leader and head of state, will be pur­su­ing from now on will seek to set­tle the is­sue in ac­cor­dance with in­ter­na­tional law. It should be noted that the Ab­bas ad­min­is­tra­tion, ef­fec­tive in the West Bank (not in Gaza), has so far acted in line with Is­rael on many

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