Palestinian statehood is a viable project which should, however, not be attempted by pursuing the defunct peace process that is based on negotiations between the “Jewish state” and the Palestinian Authority. It has to be carried out under the auspices of the UN whereby PLO (including both Fatah and Hamas) be recognised as the sole legal representative of the Palestinian people whose state would be elevated to the status of full membership of the UN (rather than being a non-member observer state- as it has been recently endorsed by the UN full assembly).
However, the initative is now at the hand of the Palestinians. In order to get a full membership status and fulfil their decades- long dream of self determination, Hamas and Fatah ought to establish a unity government which would be based on a modern and inclusive constitution/bill of rights that would enshrine democratic values of equality to all citizens regardless gender, faith, ethnicity, and sexual inclination . In my view, such a progressive constitution would open the way for the Palestinians to be fully recognised as a sovereign state (regardless its officially undecided borders).
Indeed, the newly -declared State of Israel chose a similar route by successfully masqueraded as a democracy under the banner of the Declaration of Independence ( May 1948) which made her welcomed to Western democracies and the UN member-states by re-stating the values held by the West :
“In the very midst of the onslaught launched against us now for months – to the Arab inhabitants of the State of Israel to preserve peace and participate in the upbuilding of the State on the basis of full and equal citizenship and due representation in all its provisional and permanent institutions. We extend our hand to all neighbouring states and their peoples in an offer of peace and good neighbourliness, and appeal to them to establish bonds of cooperation and mutual help with the sovereign Jewish people settled in its own land. The State of Israel is prepared to do its share in a common effort for the advancement of the entire Middle East”
In my article: Palestinian Statehood: Myth or reality?,http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=48307
I highlighted the steps by which the Palestinian state would become a reality – in lines with the fundamental principals of the PLO charter : “The Palestinian people believe in the principles of justice, freedom, sovereignty, self-determination human dignity, and in the right of all peoples to exercise them” ( PLO Charter article 24,1968)”.
I believe the door is still wide open for the Palestinians to achieve their yeaning for a sovereign state by taking the route of a legally-based appeal to international jurisdiction and UN bodies . Taking such a route will advance the Palestinian cause and help them develop state-building apparatus rather than being deluded by a self-defeating and illusionary , if not escapist , notion of a one -state (non) solution – which would the lead the Palestinian nation into the abyss and virtually hand the whole of Palestine to the “Jewish state”, subjugating the Palestinians to its powerful machinations to which they would be enfranchised .
As past and present history teaches us again and again- enfranchisement does not mean, or ensures, equality and justice.