Bandolero, I think I see where you may be going with this. In a way, if our current Palestinian "leadership" had the ability to think and plan strategically, maybe we can have our people and effort work on two tracks:
- one continues with the two-state, ensuring maximum support from all those around the world who still believe in it
- and the other more "totalist" or "maximalist" asking for one state, putting pressure on the two-state folks to deliver fast
The problem is: I don't see us having the ability to do this. No strategy, no long-term planning, and still PLO and Hamas divided. Also all the special interest, financial benefit, and shameful "perks" that many of our current leaders get from the two-state illusion and from Israel and the donors like drugs to neutralize us.
Also, as echinococcus said, there will never be real pressure on israel let alone "immense international pressure" as you put it. We've been waiting for that for FIFTY YEARS!!!! It ain't coming anytime soon.
It seems to me no country in the world REALLY wants a Palestinian state. They are all too vested in the status-quo, too much wrapped into anti-semitism fear and holocaust guilt at our expense.
- Israel never wants a Palestinian state for reasons we all know
- Jordan never either since it never wants to give Palestinians control over the Jordan valley, also the king is too dependent on Mossad for his survival
- Egypt could give a s*h** about us
- EU and Australia want israel's technology and intelligence
- African countries want israel's crowd control and poeple oppression tools and techniques
- USA just pays lip service toiling under the influence of zionist money and political control
- EU and USA are just talk talk talk, only increasing the amount of superlatives and adjectives they use to condemn israel but ZERO ACTION.... not even recognizing Palestine as a state so we can negotiate with israel on a basis of two states on the same level playing field. But no, the do not want that. Have you ever wondered WHY, just WHY?
And don't forget, the major powers were able to hammer out a complicated deal with Iran on a complex issue in less than 2 years. We've been waiting 50 and we'll be waiting another 500 chasing the tail of a two state. USA can deliver peace in a few weeks, but it doesn't want to.
Which brings me to my last point: to win, one must have laser focus exclusively and totally on that ONE goal. Plan B is nothing but a distraction, an escape hatch for those not totally dedicate when things get tough on the way to one's goal. As the great Arab leader and commander Ṭariq ibn Ziyad said: "Behind you is the sea, before you, the enemy."
And so the struggle to freedom continues based on one 1S1P1V with democracy and equality for all.
Trump is unconsciously forcing clarity to those who buried their heads in the sand or are too blinded by money to want to say it publicly.
Clarity 1: Zionists NEVER wanted, never want now, and will ever want in the future to establish a Palestinian state.
Clarity 2: Ditto 1 but for USA and with nuanced WORDS of support only, never in action.
Clarity 3: PA is way too wedded to the unworkable illusion of a 2-state solution, both economically and personally (including "prestige" perks like a pass through the humiliating military checkpoints!) , that they will fight the one state tooth and nail, but in vain.
Clarity 4: The whole idea of 100 years ago by Balfour and England to give away part of MY LAND to someone else who came from another part of the world WITHOUT ASKING ME is just ludicrous and would never work.
Clarity 5: Democratic and Jewish is just an impossible oxymoron. The goal of establishing a country based only on religion is such a 10th century concept that will NEVER WORK or, like a chief rabbi said once when I was a kid "The sad fact is that Israel will become just another Middle Eastern country!". Otherwise, it's genocide, ethnic cleansing, and/or apartheid. Or Iran and Saudi Arabia.
So here we are. Why should I give up all my orange groves in Yaffa or all my houses and lands in "west" Al-Quds? Why? They are mine. My grand father worked very hard for them and now they are mine, not or some Jew from Poland or Russia or Brooklyn.
So here we are, the truth naked for all to see. 1S1P1V is THE ONLY way left. In fact, it's the way it was before the zionists myopic visions and it's the only way that could ever be as a stable, feasible, just, and lasting state for all to live democratically and in peace.
Time now to do a 180, stop dreaming about two states, and go back to what really is worth fighting for: democracy and equality for all in all of Palestine.
WHAT NEXT FOR PALESTINE?
I have been reflecting for a couple of months on WHAT NEXT for us Palestinians?? I'd like to share my thoughts with you so I can benefit from your critique and input.
To start with, some quick perspective on recent events... events that we wasted yet another full year waiting for, hoping that someone will miraculously help us or will be "kind" to do something for us:
i- The platforms of the US Democratic and Republican parties do not mention two-state or Palestine. In fact, they regressed from past positions and are now pseudo-Likud positions.
ii- Candidate Trump said he wanted to be fair and impartial so he can make the "ultimate deal". Zionists (Israeli and American) pounced on him and pushed him to take an extreme pro-Israel stand, as always happens with any US political figure. Then he said the reason there is no peace is that Palestinians were given too much. Imagine!
iii- President Trump is surrounding himself with Zionists that make Nutnyahoo look like a liberal lefty and AIPAC look like a Palestinian lobbyist! This includes his son-in-law who pays money for illegal settlements, his friend the new ambassador how lives in a settlement, and fanatic Graham who is chairing a committee to reform higher education.
iv- Nutnyahoo adds settlements and Trump says nothing. Trump will meet Nutnyahoo on Feb 15. Trump has NOT contacted any Palestinian and didn't even answer any of the letters that the PA sent to him and his team.
v- UNSC resolution was just more words with no action plan, no timeline, and no consequences. Obama/Kerry weakened it. Even Israeli left was against it.
vi- The Paris meeting was a joke. Again, Obama/Kerry totally destroyed any of its initial potentially positive potential, cowering cowardly under Zionist pressure.
vii- The role and response of the US, Australia, Egypt, and Russia in the UNSC and Paris events clearly tell us that this path is a waste of time.
No more waiting for UN to issue yet another meaningless resolution, or hoping for some EU crumbs, or praying for USA to "ingratiate" us with convincing Zionists to delay settlement expansion by a few days, or expecting some Arab dictator will really do anything for us. All laughable actions with false hopes.
Instead, we must recognize that none of these actors did anything for us in decades. What does that mean? Quite simply it means this: THEY DO NOT WANT TO ESTABLISH A STATE OF PALESTINE! No other reason. Because if they really wanted to, Palestine would be celebrating its 30th or 40th independence anniversary.
We must also keep in mind that Zionists continue to connive and continue to be canny; they are not sitting on their laurels. They continue to paint us as terrorists, entice the fundamentalist Christians in USA against us, coerce Arab dictators to have side deals with them using Iran as the wedge, and sell their technology and oppression assets to world dictators so they side with them.
So no more illusions. No more dependency on others. We have to do it ourselves.
Here is what I believe our PATH FORWARD should be:
1- Declare that 2-state solution is no longer possible due to Zionist actions and that we will now pursue a 1S1P1V strategy with equality for all.
2- Annul all agreements with Israel and dissolve all PA institutions, returning total responsibility of Palestine to Israel.
3- Unite all Palestinian groups under one organization.
4- Develop a cohesive communication strategy founded on explaining in PLAIN language the "Day in a Life" of Palestinians under colonial occupation.
5- Mobilize the entire Palestinian population in Palestine for daily non-violent mass demonstrations demanding freedom, civil rights, and human rights.
This last point is THE CORNERSTONE of the strategy. It is ONLY through the continual daily involvement of ALL Palestinians under occupation that we can achieve our goal. So we have to ask ourselves: WHAT IS OUR GOAL? Do we want to do be free? Or are we happy with the current situation, living under military occupation?
That is the true moment of truth, the moment of clarity, for all of us Palestinians.
Time to decide. Time to act.