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Bypassing Israel: The necessity of recognition in European capitals

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The recent wave of parliamentary and national resolutions to recognize the state of Palestine that has engulfed multiple European countries throughout the past few months has redirected the spotlight to how support from the international community can be harnessed for the purposes of ending the Israeli occupation and formally legalizing Palestine’s status as an official, sovereign entity.  It also implicitly calls into question the utility of bypassing negotiations with Israel in order to achieve Palestinian statehood and to what extent unilateral actions should be embraced or shunned by the Palestinian national movement.  Yet as the decades-long “peace process” has clearly shown, attempting to work through bilateral or even multilaterals tracks where Israel is assumed to be acting in good faith is utterly futile as long as the Israeli government exerts absolute control over the situation on the ground.  Only the international arena offers a venue where Palestinian national aspirations are not encumbered by Israeli desiderata or obstacles that will forever prevent the materialization of a Palestinian state.

Essentially every state in the international community has made it clear since at least the 1970s that the Palestinian people are entitled to a sovereign state on the 22 percent of Mandatory Palestine that Zionist forces did not conquer in 1948.  This recognition does not, nor has ever, come with the stipulation that such a state must be premised or conditioned upon adhering to what Israel defines as its “national security.”  UNSCR 242 may uphold the “right (of all states in the region) to live in peace within secure and recognized boundaries free from threats or acts of force,” but it does not bestow Israel with the privileged right to define the nature and essence of “security” and then to subsequently subjugate the terms of Palestinian statehood to this vision.  Israeli leaders, from Yitzhak Rabin, the often touted yet overly romanticized father of the modern-day peace process, to current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, have all made it explicitly clear that Palestinian self-rule must serve, first and foremost, to police its citizens rather than build independent political, economic, or civil society institutions. A Palestinian state need also unreservedly accede to what Israeli politicians and generals consider their essential security requirements, meaning permanent Israeli military control over the borders and airspace (and most likely the Jordan Valley), the retention of Jewish-only settlements dispersed widely throughout the region, unfettered control over the internal movement of the civilian population, and the right to exploit the area’s natural resources as it sees fit.

Fuel the Momentum

The very notion that one state’s existence should be subject to the whims of an external power contravenes the most fundamental principle of sovereignty: reciprocity and a strict policy of non-intervention in another state’s internal affairs.  Still, not a single leader of any mainstream Israeli political movement, even among the remnants of the shattered Israeli left, refers to Palestinian statehood in a language not rooted in “control and security.”  Adhering to the dictates of a country that reserves the right to unilaterally determine whose national interest takes precedent can only continue to reinforce the moribund political process that Israel has cynically manipulated for decades to further entrench its dominance in and over the West Bank and Gaza Strip.  In the international community, which bears ultimate responsibility for setting the agenda between friendly and rival nation-states, Israeli preconditions and biased interpretations of which national rights Palestinian are entitled to are wholly untenable.  Appealing to states across Europe, Asia, and North and South America to recognize what has already been categorically accepted as the innate and inalienable right of the Palestinian people to a sovereign nation-state, unbridled by what an occupying power has decreed, has the greatest potential to foster the establishment of an independent Palestinian state.  Bypassing Israel should therefore not be seen as a dangerous political maneuver, but rather the only means to dispel the perception that Palestinians derive their national rights from an entity that has never harbored any serious intentions of fulfilling its commitment to work in unison with the Palestinian people.

In the short-term, recognition from countries around the globe will unfortunately not translate into tangible changes on the ground.  Israel has repeatedly demonstrated its adamant refusal to abide by international law, and the continuous lackluster response of the international community to Israel’s transgressions only adds to its perceived immunity.  In the long-term, however, a consolidated front of nations that recognize a Palestinian state can create a lobby for implementing a legal framework that holds Israel accountable for its actions and shifts the balance of international legitimacy in favor of Palestine.  Perhaps most importantly, an international coalition of states recognizing Palestine can challenge American ascendency in the United Nations.  This route offers better chances of enforcing the countless UN resolutions calling call upon Israel to remove its military and civilian presence from the occupied territories.  Conversely, a united front that views a sovereign, independent state of Palestine and an illegally occupying state of Israel as established facts can also help ostracize Israel even further and generate diplomatic and economic sanctions that restrict its maneuverability in the international arena.  Note that these benefits of unilateralism do not even mention the vast potential of utilizing the International Criminal Court to finally hold Israel’s political and military elites accountable for their decade’s long occupation and colonization of Palestinian land.

Of course, as any informed and neutral observer would readily grasp, nothing satisfies Israel’s national security more than a strong, sovereign, and prosperous Palestinian state.  Contrary to the exhortations routinely heard from Israeli politicians, generals, and academics that the pre-1967 borders are indefensible, it is the occupation of another people that has eroded Israel’s military capability and international legitimacy. As long as the Israeli political establishment and social mainstream stubbornly insist that only through their good graces can Palestinians enjoy their natural claim to independence, then little can be achieved by including them in the Palestinian campaign for self-determination and justice.  Instead, creating pressure through overwhelming international recognition constitutes the only means of compelling Israel to treat the Palestinian people and state as truly equal partners.  Obtaining the status of an official country, with its attendant obligations and responsibilities, is thus the most appropriate and effective strategy for the Palestinian Authority to pursue, and we can only hope that it will continue to build the momentum in world capitals to hone up to their commitment to the Palestinian people.

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  1. amigo on December 15, 2014, 11:57 am

    If a few EU countries are holdouts on recognising Palestine , it seems to me that many Europeans can apply their own version of BDS to them.

    Either way, the game is up for Israel and it,s criminal ways.netanyahoo can squawk and whine all he wants.Most Europeans are not fooled and are actively addressing their views with their respective Political Reps.This is evidenced by the spate of votes favouring recognition. There is a discernible change in the mood and it is only going to become more and more negative towards Israel and positive towards the Palestinian cause.2015 will be a watershed year.

    • RoHa on December 15, 2014, 5:43 pm

      So far as I know, only one (Sweden) of the 22 EU members has actually recognized Palestine. In six others, the Parliaments have voted in favour of recognition, even though the governments have not actually followed through.

      But those six include founder member Belgium (centre of EU administration and the EU Parliament), and major powers France, Britain, and Spain. With Ireland and now Portugal joining in, that is a solid block (except, perhaps, for Andorra) from Gibraltar to the Dutch border, and from the Alps to the Atlantic. Other countries will take note.

  2. JLewisDickerson on December 15, 2014, 2:30 pm

    RE: “Bypassing Israel: The necessity of recognition in European capitals”

    SHOULD BE: Bypassing Israel, America and AIPAC: The necessity of recognition in European capitals

  3. oldgeezer on December 15, 2014, 2:49 pm

    I too believe Israel must be bypassed. In addition to the historical land thefts there are the ongoing crimes, and the obvious belief in Israeli political circles that they may decide which rights Palestinians may, or may not, enjoy. Their position has been, and is, completely unacceptable by any measure.

    Israel has proven time and time that it desires more time to steal more land. It wishes it could so without a reaction from its victims but it does not seek a peaceful resolution to the issues.

    Time to put them aside. They have had enough decades.

    • seafoid on December 15, 2014, 3:01 pm

      Zionists believe they deserve everything they have stolen

      • oldgeezer on December 15, 2014, 3:33 pm

        Most thieves do. They typically only show remorse when caught.

      • Kay24 on December 15, 2014, 8:58 pm

        I guess when you become arrogant and think you are God’s chosen, you tend to think that everything you see is yours, and if it happens to belong to others, you have the right to take it even violently. Instead of being content with what they have been given, they tend to get greedier and long for much more.

  4. JLewisDickerson on December 15, 2014, 3:14 pm

    RE: “This recognition [by every state in the international community that the Palestinians are entitled to the 22%] does not, nor has it ever, come with the stipulation that such a state must be premised or conditioned upon adhering to what Israel defines as its ‘national security’.” ~ Scott Ratner

    MY COMMENT: Also, the recognition (by every state in the international community that the Palestinians are entitled to the 22%) does not, nor has it ever, come with the stipulation that the Palestinians recognize Israel as “the nation-state of the Jewish people”!
    When will, if ever, Netanyahu get that through his incredibly thick head into his incredibly small mind?

    • JLewisDickerson on December 15, 2014, 4:25 pm

      P.S. RE: “Also, the recognition (by every state in the international community that the Palestinians are entitled to the 22%) does not, nor has it ever, come with the stipulation that the Palestinians recognize Israel as “the nation-state of the Jewish people”! ~ me (above)

      ALSO SEE: “Israeli-Palestinian peace talks are collapsing – for good reason”, by Richard Falk, america.aljazeera.com, April 16, 2014
      Peace won’t be achieved if Palestinians and international community don’t pressure Israel to end occupation
      LINK – http://america.aljazeera.com/opinions/2014/4/israel-palestininanpeacetalkskerry.html

  5. JLewisDickerson on December 15, 2014, 3:22 pm

    RE: “Yet as the decades-long “peace process” has clearly shown, attempting to work through bilateral or even multilaterals tracks where Israel is assumed to be acting in good faith is utterly futile as long as the Israeli government exerts absolute control over the situation on the ground.” ~ Scott Ratner

    FROM JOEL KOVEL, 1-20-13:

    [EXCERPT] . . . As with everyone I know of in official political culture, [Thomas] Friedman assumes that Israel is a rational actor on the international stage who will obey the calculus of reward and punishment that regulates the conduct of normal states.
    The presumption is that if you tell it the truth, and even pull back US support, it will get the message, reflect, and change its ways. But Israel is not a normal state, except superficially. It will make adjustments, pulling back here, co-operating there, making nice when necessary, crafting its message using a powerful propaganda apparatus employing the most up-to-date social science. But this is simply tactical and no more predicts or explains the behavior of the Zionist state than an individual sociopath can be explained by the fact that he obeys traffic signals while driving to the scene of his crime. . .

    SOURCE – http://mondoweiss.net/2013/01/israel-nominaton-hagel.html

  6. JLewisDickerson on December 15, 2014, 3:47 pm

    RE: “Adhering to the dictates of a country that reserves the right to unilaterally determine whose national interest takes precedent can only continue to reinforce the moribund political process that Israel has cynically manipulated for decades to further entrench its dominance in and over the West Bank and Gaza Strip.” ~ Scott Ratner

    FROM WIKIPEDIA [Iron Wall (essay), as of 12/09/13]:

    [EXCERPT] . . . [Ze’ev] Jabotinsky argued that the Palestinians would not agree to a Jewish majority in Palestine, and that “Zionist colonisation must either stop, or else proceed regardless of the native population. Which means that it can proceed and develop only under the protection of a power that is independent of the native population – behind an iron wall, which the native population cannot breach.”[1] The only solution to achieve peace and a Jewish state in the Land of Israel, he [Ze’ev Jabotinsky] argued, would be for Jews to unilaterally decide its borders and defend them with the strongest security possible. . .

    SOURCE – http://web.archive.org/web/20131209232359/http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iron_Wall_%28essay%29

    ENTIRE ‘IRON WALL’ ESSAY: “The Iron Wall (We and the Arabs)”, By Vladimir Jabotinsky, 1923 – http://www.marxists.de/middleast/ironwall/ironwall.htm

    P.S. ALSO SEE: “The Ethics of the Iron Wall”, By Vladimir Jabotinsky, 1923 – http://www.jabotinsky.org/multimedia/upl_doc/doc_191207_181762.pdf

  7. JLewisDickerson on December 15, 2014, 4:48 pm

    RE: “Bypassing Israel: The necessity of recognition in European capitals”

    ALSO SEE: “The Dead End of Post-Oslo Diplomacy: What Next?”, by Richard Falk, Richardfalk.wordpress.com, December 15, 2014

    (Prefatory Note: A much modified version of this post was published in AlJazeera America, Dec. 13, 2014)

    The Latest Diplomatic Gambit

    There are reports that the Palestinian Authority will seek a vote in the Security Council on a resolution mandating Israel’s military withdrawal from Occupied Palestine no later than November 2016. Such a resolution has been condemned by the Israeli Prime Minister as bringing ‘terrorism’ to the outskirts of Tel Aviv, and this will never be allowed to happen. The United States is, as usual, maneuvering in such a way as to avoid seeming an outlier by vetoing such a resolution, even if it has less stringent language, and asks the PA to postpone the vote until after the Israeli elections scheduled for 2015.

    Embedded in this initiative are various diversionary moves to put the dying Oslo Approach (direct negotiations between Israel and the PA, with the U.S. as the intermediary). The French want a resolution that includes a revival of these currently defunct resolutions, with a mandated goal of achieving a permanent peace within a period of two years based on the establishment of a Palestinian state, immediate full membership of Palestine in the UN, and language objecting to settlement activity as an obstruction to peace. Overall, European governments are exerting pressure to resume direct negotiations, exhibiting their concern about a deteriorating situation on the ground along with a growing hostility to Israeli behavior that has reached new heights since the merciless 51-day onslaught mounted by Israel against Gaza last summer.

    A Post-Oslo Meditation

    The horrendous events of the last several months in Jerusalem and Gaza have exhibited both the depths of enmity and tension between Jews and Palestinians and the utter irrelevance of American-led diplomacy as the path to a sustainable peace. This is not a time for people of good will, the UN, and governments to turn their backs on what seems on its surface either irreconcilable or on the verge of an Israeli victory. The challenge for all is to consider anew how these two peoples can manage to live together within the space of historic Palestine. We need fresh thinking that gets away from the sterile binary of one state/two states, and dares to ponder the future with fresh eyes that accept the guidance of a rights based approach shaped by international law. Israel will resist such an approach as long as it can, understanding that it has gained the upper hand by relying on its military prowess and realizing that if international law was allowed to play a role in demarcating the contours of a fair solution it would lose out on such crucial issues as borders, refugees, Jerusalem, settlements, and water.

    A necessary step toward a sustainable peace is to overcome Washington’s blinkered conception of the conflict. There is no better sign that the Israel-Palestine peace process over which the United States has long presided is unraveling than . . .
    CONTINUED AT – https://twitter.com/rfalk13

    • JLewisDickerson on December 15, 2014, 4:54 pm

      RE: “CONTINUED AT – link to twitter.com” ~ me (above)

      OOPS! CORRECT LINK – http://richardfalk.wordpress.com/2014/12/15/the-dead-end-of-post-oslo-diplomacy-what-next/

      • ritzl on December 15, 2014, 5:29 pm

        Thanks, JLD.

        The United States is, as usual, maneuvering in such a way as to avoid seeming an outlier by vetoing such a resolution, even if it has less stringent language, and asks the PA to postpone the vote until after the Israeli elections scheduled for 2015.

        There’s always an election somewhere (in the alcoholic vein of it’s always 5:00 somewhere) to “sensibly” argue/demand/preclude the “right” timing for Palestine to pursue its legitimate claims.

      • ritzl on December 15, 2014, 6:33 pm

        @JLD- Also from Falk:

        The challenge for all is to consider anew how these two peoples can manage to live together within the space of historic Palestine.

        Mooser posted a link to a Uri Avnery article about a new way to approach the “manage to live together” problem: http://original.antiwar.com/avnery/2014/12/05/the-israeli-plebiscite/

        I think Avnery is spot on, though [maybe hopelessly] optimistic. Though [maybe hopelessly] optimistic with a vision AND a path.

        I mean that there is no country in the world that celebrates Jewish holidays as a principal (as an example of the need for some distinct state-based and/or political identity. I get that. But as seafoid points out so well and so often, Zionism is horribly anachronistic, violent, and doomed in post WWII (or any cursory moral/egalitarian thought). It’s a terrible (can’t overstate that) way to go about it.

        How to merge those two seemingly diametric conditions/needs? Avnery’s approach.

        It will succeed, imho.

      • Bumblebye on December 15, 2014, 9:40 pm

        Frankly I very much hope they go ahead now and thus influence the outcome of the Israli election. Which would likely be the most extremist result ever that could not be smoothed over by State blah and hopefully force a resultant change in the policy of “always having Israel’s back”.

      • JLewisDickerson on December 15, 2014, 10:04 pm

        RE: “The United States . . . asks the PA to postpone the vote until after the Israeli elections scheduled for 2015. . . There’s always an election somewhere to “sensibly” argue/demand/preclude the “right” timing for Palestine to pursue its legitimate claims.” ~ ritzl

        MY REPLY: Let the “Ghost Dance” begin!

        Sioux Ghost Dance, circa 1894. [VIDEO, 00:24] – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rU6a7S1YHLQ

      • JLewisDickerson on December 15, 2014, 10:08 pm

  8. ivri on December 15, 2014, 5:44 pm

    The interesting point to note is that Israel too supports the notion of a Palestinian state. What`s missing are exact political definitions on the sovereignty nature of the new Palestinian entity and the specification of the security factor. No matter how the latter is downplayed, as also in this article, the second Intifada has convinced the vast majority of Israelis that a premature relinquishment of military control over the West-Bank is worse than all the alternatives, whatever their associated negatives. The recent Gaza war only fortified that since everybody understands what risk tunnels with missiles or mortars near the heartland of Israel means to the country`s security.
    In any case Israel is frantically busy extending economic ties outside Europe, as with India recently, to reduce reliance on the Europeans in case they will try to force their will. Also the 2 years period in the European proposal to the UN is exactly the time until a new president will be elected in the US and it is likely that whether it is a Democrat, as Hilary, or a Republican, a harder line in foreign policy can be expected, which could help to get Israel out of the European woods.

  9. a blah chick on December 15, 2014, 5:45 pm

    Why do they have to wait until after the elections in March? Does anyone think that will make any difference? They’re just stalling for time like they always do.

  10. ritzl on December 15, 2014, 5:54 pm

    I think it needs to be stressed, if not clarified, that this wave of Euro impatience and/or acceptance of Palestine, the state, does not, per my understanding of Hostage’s comments on the matter, abrogate any rights or claims Palestinians have wrt Israel even within/under a one state outcome/inevitibility.

    Summary (I’m still looking for the IL/IHL cites in his comments):

    Hostage
    August 1, 2014, 3:52 pm

    I guess ‘better late than never’ fits here.

    I certainly think so. Accepting the existence of the occupied state of Palestine for the purposes of prosecuting Israel for the crime of apartheid has nothing to do with accepting the viability of the existing territorial entity or the finality of a two state solution. In fact, the Zionists may prefer a one state solution to mounting a defense of Israel’s persecution of Arabs at home and abroad. The notion that the two countries borders are disputed cuts both ways and can be used to open the whole can of worms in either the ICC or the ICJ.

    – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2014/07/children-killed-in-their-sleep-israeli-artillery-fire-hits-un-school-killing-at-least-20#comment-696266

    http://mondoweiss.net/2014/07/children-killed-in-their-sleep-israeli-artillery-fire-hits-un-school-killing-at-least-20#comment-696266

    Go for it, Europe.

    • Sibiriak on December 16, 2014, 11:58 pm

      ritzl, you quote Hostage saying: “accepting the existence of the occupied state of Palestine for the purposes of prosecuting Israel for the crime of apartheid has nothing to do with accepting the viability of the existing territorial entity or the finality of a two state solution.”

      But the European nations in question are not simply “accepting the existence of the occupied state of Palestine for the purposes of prosecuting Israel”, but moving toward recognition of Palestine as a separate sovereign state next to a sovereign Israel in order to end the conflict once and for all.

      More succinctly, European recognition of Palestine = European backing for a final two-state solution.

  11. mondonut on December 15, 2014, 5:59 pm

    Essentially every state in the international community has made it clear since at least the 1970s that the Palestinian people are entitled to a sovereign state on the 22 percent of Mandatory Palestine that Zionist forces did not conquer in 1948.

    Nonsense. A small fraction of states the have recognized Palestine have additionally recognized its borders based on 1967 lines.

    • talknic on December 16, 2014, 9:25 pm

      @ mondonut “Nonsense. A small fraction of states the have recognized Palestine have additionally recognized its borders based on 1967 lines.”

      You’re spouting Ziopoop pal.

      Recognition is based on a country’s request for recognition. Same procedure as Israel went thru for recognition http://www.trumanlibrary.org/whistlestop/study_collections/israel/large/documents/newPDF/49.pdf

      Based on Israel’s proclaimed boundaries in its plea for recognition (ibid), subsequent Israeli Govt statements on territories “outside the State of Israel” … “in Palestine”and the Israeli Government’s failed request for those territories outside the State of Israel, International Law makes it clear that the Palestinians have the right to a sovereign state in ALL the territory remaining of Mandate Palestine 1948 after Israel proclaimed its boundaries in its request for recognition. http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Map_Palestinian_territories_acquired_by_war_Not_annexed_to_Israel.jpg

      By now only claiming 22% of their rightful territories for peace with Israel, the Palestinians are being incredibly generous to the Jewish state. Seems they have a more humane understanding and realistic grasp on the situation and sense of compassion for unfortunately duped Israelis

      Were Israel forced to adhere to the Law instead of having the benefit of a negotiated agreement, it would be required to withdraw from all territories it has illegally acquired by war, re-settle ALL illegal Israeli settlers back into Israeli territory and pay billions upon billions of dollars compensation for 66 years of belligerence, sending the Jewish state into bankruptcy.

      A dismal failure that has duped its citizens into believing Zionist bullsh*te!
      A dismal failure that has endangered its citizens by purposefully encouraging them to illegally settle in A) non Israeli territory B) under occupation, where they are almost certain to suffer the violent consequences of occupying another people and their territory.

      What kind of evil leadership purposefully dupes and endangers its citizens?

  12. Kay24 on December 15, 2014, 7:14 pm

    According to a Palestinian official they do not have majority support for their UN security council bid. Some people may be twisting their arms as usual.

    “Erekat: Palestinians don’t have majority support for UN Security Council bid
    Negotiator says Palestinians will turn to UN and International Criminal Court if measure fails; Meshal says not looking for conflict with Israel, but ready for it nonetheless.

    Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat on Monday said that the Palestinians don’t yet have the support of nine UN Security Council members for a resolution that would recognize a Palestinian state.” Haaretz

  13. OyVey00 on December 15, 2014, 11:26 pm

    I can tell you one thing: Germany will never recognize Palestine before Israel does so.

    And without a common EU doctrine towards Palestine there won’t be much leverage behind these formal recognitions.

    • Mooser on December 17, 2014, 12:19 pm

      “I can tell you one thing: Germany will never recognize Palestine before Israel does so.”

      And I thought I was a comedian.

  14. eGuard on December 17, 2014, 9:13 am

    Warning: this recognition is a last stand “liberal Zionist” attempt to save Israel as it is: a racist state, at the cost of others. Same old 2SS issues remain: No right of return, not a de facto independent state, settlements & more settlements, land stealing, no Jerusalem, and reduction of rights for Israeli Palestinians (did I say reduction of rights? Reduction of Israeli Palestinians altogether).

    Joseph Massad analyses and explains this at http://electronicintifada.net/content/recognizing-palestine-bds-and-survival-israel/14123

    The good news is: BDS exists.

  15. just on December 18, 2014, 7:16 am

    “Iran this week unveiled a monument to Jewish soldiers killed in the Iran-Iraq War, which lasted from 1980 to 1988 and saw both countries suffer millions of casualties and billions of dollar in damage.

    Jewish community leaders and a number of Iranian religious officials took part in the ceremony on Monday, according to Maariv’s website, NRG.

    Photographs from the ceremony were published on the websites of Iranian news agencies IRNA and Tasnim, showing banners featuring images of the fallen Jewish troops, called “martyrs,” and wreaths placed alongside the monument, which includes a Hebrew inscription reading “Peace forever.”

    Other images show religious figures laying wreaths at the soldiers’ graves and attendees of the ceremony praying together.”

    http://www.haaretz.com/jewish-world/jewish-world-news/1.632532?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

    What was that you said again, Mr. Netanyahu?

  16. dgfincham on December 18, 2014, 9:13 am

    “Essentially every state in the international community has made it clear since at least the 1970s that the Palestinian people are entitled to a sovereign state on the 22 percent of Mandatory Palestine that Zionist forces did not conquer in 1948.”

    To my knowledge, no state has ever specified any limits to the area of a sovereign state of Palestine, nor do they have the right to do so. Similarly, no international body has specified any limits to the area of a sovereign state of Palestine, nor do they have the right to do so. The boundary between two neighbouring states can only be determined by mutual agreement. Until there is a peace agreement between Israel and its neighbours Palestine, Syria and Lebanon, the internationally recognized sovereign borders of Israel remain those it declared on May 14, 1948, as talknic continually points out.

    To my knowledge, the first time the Palestinian leadership specified the territory of Palestine as being limited to the West Bank and the Gaza Strip was when they applied for UN Membership in 2011. Since that generous concession was made ‘in the interests of peace’, but did not lead to peace, and the application was rejected, that concession is not binding upon them. In a previous article on Mondoweiss I have argued that Palestine is entitled to substantial addition territory as compensation for its losses in the 1948-49 war.

    http://mondoweiss.net/2014/11/documents-borders-palestine

  17. JLWarner on December 19, 2014, 2:14 am

    I see the need for European recognition of Palestine as a way to change the dynamic. Israel has been able to disposes and oppress Palestinians because it is fully supported by the U.S. and the Europeans. As long as that dynamic remains, there will be no change.

    The Europeans are now experience a decrease in their support for Israel. That means a changed dynamic. Lets hope that the European change we are seeing happen before our eyes, will trigger a reevaluation within the United States of our support for Israel.

    Our most important goal should be to prevent a veto in the YNSC of the Jordanian/Palestinian resolution.

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