PLO senior: I give up the Palestinian State

Posted: November 2nd, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: In the News, The Settlements, the US and us | Tags: , , , , | 7 Comments »

The one state solution gaining momentum: Fatah senior and former Palestinian Authority minister Dr. Sufian Abu Zaida said yesterday in a Geneva Accord event that:

“I give up the [demand for] Palestinian state. I want one state. I’m ready to sign a one state [solution] and don’t want two states. If there won’t be a Palestinian state, it will be like South Africa here.”

While Abu-Zaida doesn’t hold any official position in the Palestinian Authority at the moment, one cannot emphasize enough the importance of this statement. As I wrote before, I believe that a clear Palestinian demand for civil rights within the state of Israel is the way out of the current political deadlock.

Instead of playing games around the settlements issue – it seems that Mrs. Clinton has just managed to kill the little hope there was for the renewal of meaningful negotiations – the Palestinians should simply focus on getting equal rights from the Israeli government. This is one fight Israel will have a really hard time winning – in Europe for sure, but even in the US. Are we going to explain that we need to keep the Arabs as second rate citizens so we can have a Jewish majority? How is that going to sound to the Jews who took part in the civil rights movement, or to a nation which just elected a black president?

UPDATE: this is big. Saeb Erekat is in a one-state-mood as well


7 Comments on “PLO senior: I give up the Palestinian State”

  1. 1 Robin said at 2:06 pm on November 3rd, 2009:

    You’re absolutely right.

  2. 2 Tom said at 6:26 pm on November 3rd, 2009:

    Israel really wants Palestinians to just disappear. Go away and don’t come back. That’s their ideal solution.

  3. 3 delia ruhe said at 7:31 pm on November 3rd, 2009:

    Bring it on.

  4. 4 Dimi said at 10:09 am on November 4th, 2009:

    There’s someone more important than Abu Zaida who said the same thing today – http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8341929.stm . When this comes from the man with such a key role in promoting the two-state solution…

  5. 5 noam said at 11:52 am on November 4th, 2009:

    dimi – just saw it on Ynet. maybe something is happening after all.

  6. 6 FrankieB said at 12:05 pm on November 4th, 2009:

    Let the Arabs/Palestinians go to Jorrdan, which is the real Palestinian state anyway. There are 22 Arab states, they don’t deserve another one. Sorry, but if the Arabs wanted a Palestinian state they should have said YES in 1947. They didn’t — tough luck. They can have a state in Gaza and 60% of the West Bank, which is what Rabin said they’d have to settle for.

  7. 7 Ori Folger said at 12:59 am on November 5th, 2009:

    Palestinian leaders have been suggesting the one-state solution for some time now, but only as leverage over the Israelis.

    The idea its not popular with the people, as poll after poll has shown.

    Perhaps if the Palestinian politicians were promoting the idea to their constituency rather than to the diplomats we would think something is happening. Otherwise, it’s just another tactic in the tragic game of the “peace process”.